The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways

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Highway Revolt In the past seventy years the United States has evolved to become a nation of intricate roads and major superhighways. With 6,586,610 km of public roads the United States holds the leading position for the largest road network in the world. Creating such a monstrous change in a nation over a short period of time generated some disagreements between locals and politicians. In addition to disagreements, the undertaking of building an enormous network of highways held a vast number of unintended consequences. This essay demonstrates the effects and unintended consequences on locals when the government creates interstates, highways and other public roads in an area. In order to understand the background of locals revolts on …show more content…
By the teens of the 20th century the water-bound macadam roads were being destroyed by excessive use and an increase in power and weight of trucks. New roads would be made of concrete and bituminous macadam which lasted longer, but was significantly more expensive. The invention of a stronger pavement opened up new opportunities to the country and allowed for the continued advancement of the creation of roads. The second Good Roads movement started in 1921 and continued throughout the mid 1900’s until 1956. This movement was different in that it was vastly funded by the government. In 1918 President of the North Carolina Good Roads Association, W. A. McGirt, wrote the governor of North Carolina requesting a means to raise money to provide for the building of state roads. In his resolution to the issue he writes of “...the vital need for some system of taxation by which the building of a State System of roads in this State will be assured...” McGirth also recognized that “...Congress will undoubtedly make large Federal appropriations very soon for the building of National highways. [And that] The apportionment of these funds will be based on a cooperative arrangement, of dollar for dollar…” The association received funding for the construction of public highways and by 1925 had paved 7,680 miles of roads. By the 1930’s the idea of the modern superhighway was beginning to take place. Norman Bel Geddes created Futurama, a futuristic view of

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