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How Highways Changed America

Friday, August 15, 2014

President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the federal highway system in 1956, and it has since expanded to some 47,714 miles in length.. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the federal highway system in 1956, and it has since expanded to some 47,714 miles in length.. (Copyright: Tim Roberts Photography/Shutterstock)

Many families who travel for the summer will pack up the car and jump on the highway to their destination. On this week's Please Explain, Dan McNichol, author of The Roads that Built America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate System, explains how the country's highways were planned and created, more than 50 years ago, how these roadways changed the country by connecting cities and small towns, creating the suburbs, and improving transportation of people and goods.

Guests:

Dan McNichol

Comments [5]

Graham

What are your thoughts on http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml with regards to the interstate system.

Aug. 15 2014 02:00 PM
art525 from Park Slope

My father worked for the New York State Department of Transportaion in the Right of Way Division, buying and aquiring land to build the NYS Thruway. My strongest memory was of his turqouoise Chevy with that big gold NYS logo on the doors.

Aug. 15 2014 01:57 PM
George from Astoria

Why don't we develop our Maritime Highways system and get the trucks off the roads for long distances.?

Aug. 15 2014 01:56 PM
Dan Weissman from NYC

When I lived in Providence, I heard a piece of local lore: that the reason I-95 made an unusually sharp turn to the west just north of the Italian neighborhood was related to the city being the seat of power of the New England Mafia. Ever hear of this?

Aug. 15 2014 01:55 PM
thomas from NYC

Greetings fellow Lopate listeners! I run a Meetup discussion group dedicated to various WNYC programs. I'm hosting an event tomorrow based on one of Leonard's programs that aired recently:

http://www.meetup.com/Public-Radio-New-Yorkers/events/198831382/

Join us for an afternoon of fun, intellectual, and friendly discussions!

Aug. 15 2014 01:54 PM

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