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Map of the Interstate System and Turnpikes

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Map of the Interstate System and Turnpikes
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On the Interstate:  I-10, 1956–1990
On the Interstate: I-10, 1956–1990 — Grand Plan

Interstate Highway System funding sign

Map of the Interstate System and Turnpikes
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
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Map of interstate System
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The Interstate Highway System, which began to take shape in the 1930s, was finally funded in 1956 with the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. The project called for over 41,000 miles of high-speed, limited access highways. The federal government supported 90% of its funding and each state contributed the remaining 10%. These new highways high-speed limited access highways linked the nations economic and population centers. They changed American landscapes, lives and the way Americans do business. In 1990, President George Bush signed legislation changing its name to "The Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways."

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