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Talking Transportation: America’s Interstate Highways

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

The 47,000 miles of highways that comprise America’s interstate highway system are nothing short of an engineering marvel, surpassed only by what China has built in the last few years.

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We take them for granted, but when they were designed almost 60 years ago these super-highways presented both great opportunity and vast challenges. 

The United States was not the first with super-highways. Those bragging rights go to the Germans, whose Reichsautobahn saw cars zooming along at 100-plus mph in the 1930s.

Most credit President Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose troops rode the Autobahn in World War II, for seeing the military value of an American equivalent, though engineering such a complex across the United States was far more difficult.

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