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Dawson, Carol, and Polson, Roger Allen, Miles and Miles of Texas: 100 Years of the Texas Highway Department, Texas A&M University Press, 2016. (This book is a well-illustrated celebration of the centennial of the Texas highway agency, now part of the Texas Department of Transportation.)

Dupré, Judith, Bridges: A History of the World's Most Spectacular Spans, Hachette Book Group, 2017. (Outsized book with discussions of bridges around the world, including the United States. From the book jacket: "Spanning two thousand years of technological and aesthetic triumphs, Bridges stands as the thorough, authoritative, and gorgeous book on the subject, as dramatic in presentation as the structures it celebrates.")

Marchand, Mark, U.S. Route 1: Rediscovering The New World, 2018. (In the summer of 2014, Marchand drove every mile of U.S. 1 from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, "while absorbing the stories of the people who live along the thoroughfare and to experience the diverse geography through which the highway twists and turns." U.S. 1, he says, is "a critical lens through which to observe how what was once known to Europeans as the New World has evolved over centuries." The book is confined to an Amazon Kindle e-book, but Marchand is working on publication of a paperback version.)

Olliff, Martin T., Getting Out of the Mud: The Alabama Good Roads Movement and Highway Administration, 1898-1928, The University of Alabama Press, 2017. (According to the book jacket, this book "recounts the history of the Good Roads Movement that arose in progressive-era Alabama, how it used the power of the state to achieve its objectives of improving market roads for farmers and highways for automobilists, and how state and federal highway administrations replaced the Good Roads Movement.")

Rutkow, Eric, The Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas, Scribner/An Imprint of Simon&Schuster, Inc, 2019. (From the book jacket: The story of the "the epic quest to link North and South America, a dramatic story of commerce, technology, politics, and the divergent fates of the Americas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.")

Smithsonian Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel, DK Penguin Random House, 2017. (A heavily illustrated history of travel from early migrations to the jet age.)

Tomasi, Peter J. (author) and Duvall, Sara (illustrator), The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York, Abrams Comicarts, 2018. (This graphic novel tells the story of the Brooklyn Bridge, with a focus on the family behind its construction.)

Waggener, John Richard, Snow Chi Minh Trail: The History of Interstate 80 between Laramie and Walcott Junction, Wyoming State Historical Society, 2017. (The 77-mile section of I-80 between Laramie and Walcott Junction has been named the Snow Chi Minh Trail as a negative comparison with the mountainous road used by North Vietnamese soldiers to reach South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The book, according to a press release, is about a section of Interstate highway "steeped in tragedy, controversy, myth and even conspiracy.")

Updated: 02/07/2019
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