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Caputo, Philip, The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean, Henry Holt and Company, 2013. (Caputo and his wife Leslie drive from Key West, Florida to the Deadhorse oil fields of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, over 8,300 miles, mainly off the Interstates, with an Airstream in tow. The narratives of driving the Alaska Highway and Dalton Trail are especially interesting.)

DeYoung, Bill, Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Brought it Down, University Press of Florida, 2013. (The story of construction of the original Sunshine Skyway bridge, its collapse after being struck by the Summit Venture freighter, and the aftermath.

DiMento, Joseph F.C., and Ellis, Cliff, Changing Lanes: Visions and Histories of Urban Freeways, The MIT Press, 2013. (The book, according to the book jacket, describes "the evolution of the urban freeway in the United States, from its rural parkway precursors through the construction of the interstate highway system to emerging alternatives for more sustainable urban transportation.")

Ingram, Tammy, Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900-1930, The University of North Carolina Press, 2014. (Discusses the history of the Dixie Highway and its impact on the South and the national road network.)

Lewis, Tom, Divided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life, Updated Edition, Cornell University Press, 2013, p. 294-297. This updated edition of the 1997 book includes a chapter called "Buried Desires" that focuses on the Central Artery/Tunnel project in Boston (the "Big Dig") and the changing attitudes about highways in the years after major construction of the Interstate System ended.)

Sitler, Kevin D., and Sitler, Richard N., The Sunshine Skyway Bridge Spanning Tampa Bay, The History Press, 2013. (This book tells the story of the bridges that have spanned Tampa Bay.)

Updated: 06/03/2014
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