Persons traveling through the United States today may find it difficult to imagine our country without the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System. It was not until June 29, 1956, when President Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act that interstate highways began to really meet the challenge of the growing number of automobiles on the nation’s highways. While in Europe during World War II, General Eisenhower viewed the ease of travel on the German autobahns. That, coupled with his experiences as a member of the 1919 Transcontinental Convoy, convinced the President of the overwhelming need for safer and speedier highways. The President also felt that the newer, multi-lane highways were essential to a strong national defense.
- Amendment from the Bureau of Budget. Federal Aid Road Act, Apr. 16, 1958
- Executive office of the President, Letter from Assistant Director for Legislative Reference
- Letter from Executive office of the President for continued contruction.
- Letter from President Eisenhower, Feb. 22, 1955 to Congress on the Nations Highway systems
- Letter from the Sec. of Commerce, Mar. 16, 1957
- Meeting in the Presidents Office-Interim Report on Highway Program
- Statement by the President, Approval of Fed. Aid Highway Act of 1959. Bx. 23, Sept. 1959.
- Statement by the President, signing H.R. 9821. Fed. Aid Highway Act.
- 72-1004-1 (NPS) August 10, 1954 - Governors with Eisenhower.
- 72-1004-2 (NPS) 8-10-54, Members of the Special Committee on Highway Problems of the Governors Conference
- 72-3261-3 (NPS) 11-3-59, DDE at the ribbon cutting, opening the new extension to the G. Washington Memorial Pkwy.
- 72-3261-4 (NPS) 11-3-59, DDE at ribbon cutting ceremony opening the new extension to the George Washington Memorial Pkwy.
- 72-703-1 (NPS) Feb. 17, 1954 White House Conference on Traffic Saftey.
- 72-703-3 (NPS) February 17, 1954 White House Conference on Traffic Safety.
- 72-703-4 (NPS) February 17, 1954 White House Conference on Traffic Safety.
- 72-703-6 (NPS) February 17, 1954 White House Conference on Traffic Safety.
- 72-849-3 (NPS) May 6, 1954 - Eisenhower signs H.R. 8127.
- 80-28-1 (NPS)10-54, Committee meeting of the Presidents Advisory Comt. on National Highway System