48 Years Ago In TIME

The Senate's transportation bill would shore up the nation's INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS, which were just being built in 1957.

The program will be the largest public-works project in history, dwarfing the construction of the Roman road system and the Great Wall of China. The interstate network will reach into every corner of the U.S. to link 42 state capitals and 90% of all cities with more than 50,000 population. It will carry a fifth of the nation's traffic, provide vital defense routes in case of war ... The new roads will ease present congestion, be able to accommodate the nearly 90 million vehicles...

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