President Eisenhower signs the Federal Highway Act of 1956, authorizing the construction of the Interstate Highway System. President Eisenhower signs the Federal Highway Act of 1956, authorizing the construction of the Interstate Highway System. (Photo courtesy of the Federal Highway Administration)

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Birth of the Interstate Highway System

On June 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation funding the construction of the U.S. Interstate Highway System (IHS)–something Americans had dreamed of since Detroit starting building cars. The Missouri Highway Commission awarded the first contract to begin building …

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