Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Catalyst Who Changed America (Second of two articles)

This article presents part two of a series profiling Dwight D. Eisenhower and the launch of the Interstate Highway system. It describes how Eisenhower's experience working in Europe to construct projects for the American Battle Monuments Commission in Europe helped heighten his awareness of the importance of troop movement by road as well as the dangers of traffic jams. The article describes the seeds of the relationship between Eisenhower and George S. Patton, and how they teamed up to create extremely mobile units that took full advantage of the road networks. It relates how D-Day landing forces included road building equipment and thousands of trucks. Bulldozers and cranes, which were among the first vehicles to hit the beaches in Normandy, were used to build the exit roads off the beach and to the nearest dry roads. The article describes how the U.S. Army converted 600 miles of French roads into a superhighway supply chain. Also included are details about the Third Reich's highway system and the legendary Autobahn. Finally, the article discusses the path Eisenhower took to authorizing the U.S. Interstate Highway system.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 8-14
  • Serial:
    • Transportation Builder
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: American Road & Transportation Builders Association
    • ISSN: 1043-4054

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01014974
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 14 2005 12:20PM