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Construction workers on bridge over Alamosa River, I-25, north of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, 1967

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Construction workers on bridge over Alamosa River, I-25, north of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, 1967
Federal Highway Administration

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


On the Interstate:  I-10, 1956–1990
On the Interstate: I-10, 1956–1990 — Grand Plan

RELATED OBJECTS
Interstate Highway System funding sign


Construction workers on bridge
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
Physical Description
Photograph. Photograph of a construction working on a bridge on I-25 in New Mexico.
Details
Date Made:
1967
Locations:
New Mexico
History

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 high-speed, limited access highways linked the nation's economic centers. They changed American landscapes, lives and the way Americans do business. By 1996, there were approximately 42,700 miles of interstate in 49 states costing approximately 329 billion dollars. 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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