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Our Nation's Highways: 2010

Chapter 1. Highway Infrastructure

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
–Mark Twain

Improvements of the highway infrastructure not only provide benefits to the economic system due to an increase in infrastructure development, but also encourages and provides ways for the American public to experience all that the United States has to offer. Since the introduction of a plan for an interstate system to Congress in 1939, the Nation has devoted significant resources to the creation of a roadway system that connects every major population center. With the interstate system acting as the system’s backbone, we have enjoyed freedom of travel and efficiency of commerce as never before.

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