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Welcome to the Interstate 50th Anniversary Web site

Norman Mineta
 Norman Y. Mineta
The Interstate highway system is essential to America's prosperity and way of life. Since its beginning 50 years ago, the Interstate network has provided a vital link for connecting goods to markets here and around the world and bringing together people from our nation's cities, towns and rural communities.

Throughout this year and across the country, we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant transportation developments in history. This milestone is an opportunity to celebrate the Interstate system's contribution to our economic strength, recognize the men and women whose leadership and hard work created it, and work to ensure that it remains strong, safe and efficient for the future.

I invite you to visit our Web site devoted to the 50th anniversary. It contains a wealth of information, such as historical facts about the Interstate system, answers to questions about its operation and maintenance, and insight into what led President Dwight D. Eisenhower to push for a network of national highways.

Norman Y. Mineta
U.S. Transportation Secretary

J. Richard Capka
 J. Richard Capka
I invite you to explore this Web site devoted to the Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways on its 50th anniversary. From the start on June 29, 1956, the Eisenhower Interstate System has been known as the Greatest Public Works Project in History. On this Web site, you will find information about the history of the Eisenhower Interstate System and how it affects each of our lives daily, not just as a means of travel, but as a part of our culture and the American way of life.

This Web site is dedicated to the visionaries and leaders of past generations who created and funded the Interstate System as well as the State and Federal officials, private contractors, and members of national organizations who helped make the United States the most mobile country in the world. As we honor the past, there is no higher calling for those of us in the present generation of transportation officials than to ensure Eisenhower Interstate System continues to serve America for decades to come.

J. Richard Capka
Acting Administrator

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