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What you need to know about the roads in the US

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The main link in terms of the roads of the United States can rightly be called the US Numbered Highway System. This national network of highways and highways has been coordinated with all states, which is why it is often called federal highways. The system was fully commissioned in 1926 and continues to be relevant until now. Although it has ceased to be the main road system in the United States, it still gives way to important sites of regional importance.

Highways that divide the country and penetrate through its entire territory from east to west and from north to south have their own numbering feature. For example, in the first case, the track should have an even number, and in the second, an odd number.

The most relevant road system in America from 1956 to the present day is the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Interstate and Defense Highway System. Sorry, but that’s her name. In terms of duration, it became the second in the world after such a monster as the network of highways of China.

One of the main goals of the interstate was to improve the mobility of the military to airports and other important points of transportation. There is even a city legend that every fifth mile of the road should be perfectly straight for a plane to take. But it also helps, for example, in disasters: if people use it when leaving after a hurricane, then all the highways are made one-sided.

The system of toll and free roads in America

Most highways, with 4 small exceptions, are completely free. For intersteyts, toll roads are more common, although, of course, they do not dominate in number. In total, they are in 35 of the 50 states, so that completely avoid them will not work.

Less often they come across in the south and west of the States. The construction of all such roads was begun before the advent of the Eisenhower road system. They were included in the system mainly because it would be too expensive to build free alternatives.

The history of the development of major highways in the United States

The first attempts to create a comprehensive system of roads in the country can be precisely dated thanks to the “Federal Road Act of 1916” - a document thanks to which different states received money to build roads for five years.

Photo signs of the famous Route66 road - the mother of all US roads - American ButlerThe First World War strongly interfered with these plans, which is why a lot of them were executed far from there, but the construction of roads after five years continued even more actively. After the introduction of the highways in 1926, it gradually became clear to people that, due to the growing traffic on the roads, it was not enough. At the end of the 1930s, President Franklin Roosevelt gave impetus to the creation of a map of all the highways in the USA Interstate construction was just begun in 1956, and it formally ended in 1992. Although, of course, the system is still being finalized - to create such a colossus ideally seems hardly a real task.

It was originally intended that the routes of the US Numbered Highway System, whose number ends in 1 or 0, will be central to the system, but over time this has become a little less relevant. By the 1950s, Highway 66 was called the “mother of all roads”, which you could hear about in a lot of movies, songs and anything else, from the cult “Easy Rider” to the “Cars” cartoon. In 1985, it was withdrawn from the US system of roads, since all its routes were duplicated by other routes, but some states retained it using the name of the 66 Historic Highway.

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