Your year-end holiday travel plans might include going over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house, or they may include driving along a route on the nation’s Interstate Highway System.
AAA began advocating for passage of the first Federal Aid Road Act as far back as 1916, but it was not until 1956, under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, that the US finally saw funding to efficiently connect the nation through an Interstate Highway System that now bears his name. The design of the Interstate, which includes a separation from other roads and rail lines, a minimum of four lanes, paved shoulders and median barriers, not only speeds travel but also makes it more than twice as safe as all other roadways.
Fast-forward 64 years, and this critical transportation link now faces increasing congestion and a dire need for repairs and improvements to meet our nation’s growing needs.
AAA knows that all states benefit from a modern, accessible Interstate Highway System that can ease the movement of goods and enhance personal mobility. That is why AAA will continue our legislative and public advocacy to urge prioritized transportation investments, ensuring safe, efficient and reliable mobility across the US.
Just something to think about as you hit the roads this holiday season. Enjoy the ride!