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20th CENTURY-- U.S. HIGHWAY SYSTEM REPLACED

National Trail Task #4 


Use the article & information from these National Road Resources to find the answers
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CLICK HERE FOR A DETAILED HISTORY OF U.S. HIGHWAY 40 AND ITS' REPLACEMENT

       Interstate 70 is a major Interstate Highway in the United States that runs from a park and ride near Baltimore, Maryland, to I-15 near Cove Fort, Utah. I-70 approximately traces the path of U.S. Route 40 (US 40, the old National Road) east of the Rocky Mountains. West of the Rockies, the route of I-70 was derived from multiple sources. The Interstate runs through many major cities including Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Columbus.

       The sections of the interstate in Missouri and Kansas have laid claim to be the first interstate in the United States. The Federal Highway Administration has claimed the section of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon, completed in 1992, was the last piece of the Interstate Highway system, as originally planned, to open to traffic.

       The construction of I-70 in Colorado and Utah is considered an engineering marvel as the route passes through the Eisenhower Tunnel, Glenwood Canyon, and the San Rafael Swell. The Eisenhower Tunnel is the highest point along the Interstate Highway system with an elevation of 11,158 ft).

A FACT BOX ABOUT THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM

Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways

Highway shields for Interstate 80, Business Loop Interstate 80, and the Eisenhower Interstate System

Interstate Highways in the 48 contiguous states. Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico also have Interstate Highways.

System information

Length:

47,856 mi (77,017 km)

Formed:

June 29, 1956 (1956-06-29)

Highway names

Interstates:

2 digit numbered odd-north/south highways

2 digit numbered even- east/west highways

Interstate X (I-X)

System links

          List of Interstates

          Auxiliary (3 digit-signed) Interstates

          Suffixed Interstate

          Business Routes

A rural stretch of I-5, with two lanes in each direction separated by a large grassy median and with cross-traffic limited to overpasses and underpasses

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT U.S. 40

       Businesses flourished along U.S. highways, people traveled them for recreation and business, and the "Golden Age" went on for several years.

1.  Why did the major highways, called U.S. highways, lose popularity, and all the businesses along them closed for no business?
2.  What is happening to old historic U.S. highways now?


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