How Superhighways Changed America — For Better and Worse

Thursday, June 09, 2011

It’s hard to imagine it now, but in the mid-1920s, the U.S. only had 250 routes for cars. Today, there are more than 55,000 auto bridges, close to 4 million miles of road, and an intricate system of high speed super highways that connect every major city in the country.

These superhighways — which allowed drivers to travel long distances at high speeds — redefined American cities and culture.

Earl Swift has written a comprehensive examination of these roadways called “The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers who Created the American Superhighways.” He joins us from Virginia.


Earl Swift

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Peg from s

I-95 from Palm Beach to south Miami is my least favorite stretch. When I visit relatives there once a year, i see every type of driver, from every region of the planet, all age groups, every type of vehicle, motor cycles, trailers of every description, motor homes, tractor trailers pulling double loads, all weaving in and out of all lanes, passing on the right, speeding along at 70+ miles/hr... that is unless you're in a traffic jam (which happens often because of all the accidents). Can't imagine having to commute on that road every day.

Jun. 09 2011 07:11 AM

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