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The community near the Yellowstone River crossing shown in this photo of original Interstate construction.
Among these three states, Montana, Texas, and Illinois, this state has the fewest rural Interstate miles.
MT’s Interstate 15 crosses the Continental Divide not just once but this many times.
What is three?Twice south of Butte, once north of Butte. The highest point is in Elk Park at 6968 feet.
Montana’s first Interstate highway construction contracts were let in this year: 1956, 1957, 1958.
MT’s Interstate system comprises 1.7% of the public road mileage and carries this percentage of total vehicle miles of travel: 10%, 25%, 33%.
In 1986, this Interstate route was the first to be connected from east to west coast by virtue of the last segment being completed in Utah.
What is I-80?Coincidentally, the first transcontinental rail line was also completed in Utah, 117 years earlier.
In this year the Interstate highway system was first authorized by a Congressional Act: 1944, 1947, 1955
What is 1944? The legislation provided no funding but identified a system of interregional highways, 39,000 miles in total extent.
This first state to award a construction contract with Interstate funding showed the country how to do it.
What is Missouri on Aug. 2, 1956? The Show-me State awarded the contract to begin work on I-44.
Placed near Iowa City, Iowa, in 1964 this road surface material was constructed for the first time on an Interstate highway.
This state, naturally, was first to complete construction of its original allocation of 542 miles of Interstate highways: Maryland, Arkansas, or Tennessee
What is Arkansas? Arkansas is officially nicknamed the “Natural State,” known throughout the country for its natural beauty, clear lakes and streams and abundance of natural wildlife.
The Interstate highway network today is composed of this many miles: 42k, 44k, 47k
What is 47k (46,572) miles? The system has grown from the 42,000 authorized under the 1956 act.
The route numbers for Interstate highways running north-south are: even or odd.
This north-south Interstate route terminates at Duluth, MN, and begins at Laredo, TX.
What is I-90? To be exact, that’s 3085.27 miles.
I-95 spans from New Brunswick, CAN, to Miami, FL, and passes through this many states.
What are 15 states? 15 States plus D.C.: ME, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL.
Interstate Construction projects provided cost sharing at this federal:state ratio.
What is 90:10? Projects on the primary, secondary and urban systems were funded at a 50:50 ratio under the 1956 Act.
The 1956 bill authorized this amount of federal funds to complete the Interstate construction: $1B, $25B, $100B
What is $25 billion ($24.8 to be exact)? The total cost to complete the 40,000 mile system was estimated at $27 billion.
By 1996, construction of the Interstate system consumed this amount of Federal funding: $25B, $120B, $300B
What is $120 billion? To be exact it is $119 billion.
A 100-gallon purchase of gas generates this much for the highway account of the trust fund: $18 or $15
What is $15 ($15.44 to be exact)? Of the 18.4¢ federal tax, over 2.8¢ is directed to the transit account.
This BPR chief, even without special sauce, provided the vision over 30 years to bring the Interstate system to a reality.
Who was Thomas H. MacDonald? MacDonald presided over the Bureau of Public Roads from 1919 to 1953.
This General was instrumental in the establishment of the Interstate System.
Who is General Eisenhower? President Eisenhower signed the historic Federal-aid Highway Act in 1956 that established the highway trust fund.
The 1916 highway act was the first of the federal-aid highway acts and established this agency, predecessor to FHWA.
What is the Bureau of Public Roads? The 1916 act provided $75 million over 5 years, requiring a 50% state match on each project.
This former Senator, whose son was tied up in Florida in 2004, was a co-author of the hallmark 1956 Federal Aid Highway Act.