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Federal Highway Act --- 50th Anniversary

by Angeline Booher / June 28, 2006 9:41 AM PDT
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My uncle said, so don't know if it's true
by marinetbryant / June 28, 2006 11:02 AM PDT

But one mile of every five or six miles is suppossed to be straight in case they have to land planes on the highway. Makes sense but it might be a Snopes question.


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Answered my own question
by marinetbryant / June 28, 2006 11:09 AM PDT
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by Angeline Booher / June 28, 2006 11:34 PM PDT

Every once in a while we hear of private planes landing on highways, though fields are more common.

My sense of perspective is not that great, but it seems that commercial planes would have a hard time of it because of the wing span, and traffuc in both directions.

And, where I live, the terrain is hilly. Happy

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I did like your uncle's version
by WOODS-HICK / June 29, 2006 12:14 AM PDT

and it was based on talk of his times. especially post wwII. it could have been used by feds if certain desirable land was privately held. eminent domain for defense, unless ED was used for the common good anyway.

I heard that ike was inspired by autobahn. in angeline's link they mention the downside. the highways work equally well (good or bad) when the tide of war turns.

the effect on commercial transport of goods was enormous. trucking replaced 'king' rail. flexibility and cost were key element. the exceptions were large quantities of chemicals, coal,grains. etc. it also was a major factor in creating the suburbs. and the one thing we all hate; longest parking lots in the world.

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