Contributions and Crossroads: Our National Road System’s Impact on the U.S. Economy and Way of Life (1916-2016)

This report provides a glimpse into the legacy of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) since the passage of the first Federal-Aid Road Act in 1916, one century ago. This landmark legislation created the Federal-aid highway program and authorized $75 million over 5 years for the new Federal-State partnership. It was the first federal legislation that appropriated significant funding to improve and expand the country’s road system.The report discusses the federal impact during wars and recession times, federal role in providing access to the nation and moving people and freight, federal impact on equity and the environment, and progress for the next century. These are reviewed through the lens of how our national road systems impacted the U.S. economy, personal mobility, freight transport, military, travel safety, national parks, and tourism.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 40p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01645141
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-PL-17-013
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-13-D-00023
  • Created Date: Aug 29 2017 11:59AM