Highways and Streets

Issues & Modes / Highways and Streets

There are over 4 million miles of roads in the United States moving cars, trucks, transit, and non-motorized vehicles across a seamless, integrated network. About three-quarters of the roads are owned by localities but the vast majority of travel occurs on major state roads and the federally-designated Interstate System. Today, this complex system is under strain as demands for upgrades and repair, safety improvements, and modernization mount.

Webinar Recap: Transportation Spending and Planning in the Time of COVID

The coronavirus pandemic has hammered state and municipal budgets across the United States. A recent analysis from the National League...

Webinar: A Century of Fighting Traffic Congestion in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) is studying congestion pricing to manage the region’s heavy traffic...

Jeff Davis Presentation on Eisenhower and Transportation

This is a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation that Eno's Jeff Davis gave at the Capitol Historical Society Heritage Lecture on September...

1953 Buckner Highway Study for Eisenhower

This is a study of a national system of federal toll roads commissioned by Dwight Eisenhower during his pre-presidential transition in...

April 1960 BPR Memo on Interstates in Urban Areas

This is a memo from the Bureau of Public Roads entitled "Memorandum on the Interstate System in Urban Areas." It was evidently brought...

Initiating the Bragdon Highway Study

This PDF file is a collection of documents from the Bureau of the Budget's files in the National Archives about the commencement of a...

Clay Committee Report Original Transmittal Letter

This is a PDF of the original letter from the five members of President Eisenhower's "Clay Committee" transmitting their final report...

January 1956 White House Meeting with GOP Leaders on Highway Bill

This is an internal White House summary of the January 31, 1956 meeting between President Eisenhower, his staff and key Cabinet members...

April 1960 Eisenhower Guidelines on Interstate Highway Construction

This PDF file is a copy of a one-page memorandum dated April 11, 1960 from President Eisenhower to the Secretary of Commerce listing...

November 1959 Eisenhower Meeting on Highways

This PDF file is a "memo for the record" of a meeting held on November 30, 1959 between President Eisenhower and his Special Assistant...

December 1960 Final Report to Eisenhower on the Interstate Highway Program

This is the final report given to President Eisenhower on the status of the Interstate Highway Program, dated December 28, 1960....

March 1960 Interim Report on Highways from John S. Bragdon

This is a large PDF file of a 100+ page report on the status and future of the Interstate Highway Program, prepared in March 1960 for...

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