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
2. What is happening to old historic U.S. highways now?
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A DETAILED HISTORY OF U.S. HIGHWAY 40 AND ITS' REPLACEMENT
is a major
in the United States that runs from a
park and ride
Cove Fort, Utah.
I-70 approximately traces the path of
U.S. Route 40
(US 40, the old
east of the
West of the Rockies, the route of I-70 was derived from multiple sources. The
Interstate runs through many major cities including
The sections of the interstate in Missouri and Kansas have laid claim to be the
first interstate in the United States. The
Administration has claimed the section of I-70 through
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
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 (3,401 m).
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1956 – present
Completed in 1992
Cove Fort, UT
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10 Interstate Highways Coming In The Next
[It takes years or decades to plan and pass legislation
to build an interstate highway. Often, the new proposed
highway will replace an older U.S. numbered highway.
Economic and environmental effects of the new
construction have to be considered. No one wants their
personal property taken without choice. Imminent Domain
laws cause it to happen anyway. Politics is a major
factor, as with the sharing of a new Interstate over
multiple state lines. This list is a partial list of
future Interstates and a little bit about their status.]
Recap of Development of the Interstate System:
The Interstate Highway System, since being signed into
law by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, has expanded from a
small section in Missouri to a nationwide system of
47,000 miles. The original plans remain largely
complete, but new economic requirements and
opportunities exist that would only come about with the
construction of new interstate highways.
Freeways provide for a slew of economic opportunities
for the communities that lie along them. Most of the
long distance car travel and freight in the United
States take place along interstate highways. Many
freeways in the United States do not have the status of
Interstate Highways because of the lack of standards set
by the Federal Highway Administration. New challenges of
the 21st century along with the fact that the original
interstate highway system being largely complete frees
up funding for new highways in many states throughout
the United States. New freeways are being planned
because of the fact that the United States has changed
economically and socially since the 1950’s.
Originally planned as a system of highways to evacuate
people in times of war and moving supplies to front
lines efficiently by way of a highway system, the
interstate system has evolved in times of peace around
the United States to bring economic and social benefits
that were not seen when the system was first
Although some of the highways planned have clear
benefits to the military and for civilian evacuation,
many of the corridors actually have economic benefits as
well, especially to regions of the United States that
are isolated and impoverished. The following interstate
highways are either in the planning phases or are in
various stages of construction.
is also under construction in many areas throughout the
south. Currently, a section of Interstate 49 exists in
Louisiana, which is the original corridor between
Lafayette and Shreveport. Another section opened a few
years ago in Missouri between Kansas City and Joplin.
Both of these sections will be connected through
Arkansas and eventually span a distance
between Kansas City and New Orleans.
The biggest problem continues to be funding the
corridor, but it is planned
to be completed sometime in the 2020s.
is under construction in the state of New York. It
serves as a major connector between the Midwest and New
York City without having to pay tolls through New York
slated to be complete in 2008,
has now been pushed back as far as 2018
due to slow funding sources.
This highway was written into law in the 1980’s and has
been under construction since then. Currently, it is
under construction or planned to extend from I-80 to
Williamsport and on to Corning, New York, to connect it
It is also planned to extend south to Cumberland,
Maryland and I-68.
is currently in four segments. The original segment
runs from Davenport and the Quad Cities on the border of
Iowa and Illinois
and goes to Cincinnati in Ohio
to North Carolina sections
is currently being constructed between two of the
fastest growing cities in the
(from) Southwestern United States, Las Vegas and Phoenix.
The corridor will run southeast from Las Vegas to
Kingman, Arizona over the newly completed bridge at the
Hoover Dam. It will then follow the corridor currently
being used by US 93 to Phoenix.
The bypass around Boulder City is underway and the
freeway to Kingman is currently under construction as
well. The freeway is also construction around Phoenix.
It is a major economic corridor that was as recently as
2000 mostly a two-lane road with dangerous turns and
security concerns with the highway crossing
is currently being proposed as the official designation
for the freeway will run
from I-94 at Russell, Il
(to) Green Bay and Milwaukee WS.
The highway is currently signed as U.S. 41. Politics in
Illinois and Wisconsin is slowing the connecting and
renaming of U.S. 41.
is known as the Third Infantry Division Highway, which
is in homage to the division based in Savannah, Georgia.
It is planned to run from Savannah, Georgia, to
It would provide another freeway pass through the
Appalachian Mountains and a path away from natural
disasters such as hurricanes.
This freeway was signed into being in 2005 after
Hurricane Katrina as a way to get supplies effectively
to the coasts and people away from the coasts in
anticipation of the storm. The numbering does not fit
into the interstate highway numbering system, where
lower digit highways are in the west. It has not yet
been funded and faces a lot of criticism, especially due
to environmental concerns.
(representing the 14th Amendment of the United States
Constitution) is a highway that is under
consideration running initially from Augusta, Georgia to
In addition to being a powerful statement of the
amendment on the history of the United States, it is
also a strategic corridor connecting impoverished
regions of the south and provides for a good East-West
corridor for people getting away from the coast in
anticipation of natural disasters such as hurricanes.
The legislation allowing it was signed in 2005 after
Hurricane Katrina as a way to plan for natural
disasters. It also helps that the freeway connects some
of the largest military bases in the country to one