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Eisenhower's Dream of U.S. Interstate System Almost Finished

61 years after construction began, the country's busiest highway is almost complete

January 22, 2018

Originally funded by the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, I-95 is the  longest north-south highway in the country and the most used in terms of vehicle miles traveled, according to the Department of Transportation.

However, planning and replanning created the I-95 gap on the New Jersey - Pennsylvania border, and is the last remaining hole in I-95's continuity.

In 2010, officials and planners finally figured out how to complete Ike's vision and hope to have the I-95 gap filled by August. What took so long? Read Robins Meyer's excellent account of a quiet victory for U.S. infrastructure in The Atlantic's After 61 Years, America’s Busiest Highway Is Almost Complete.

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