Progress of the Road Program

Archive Report

Development of interstate Highways

When the national System of Interstate and Defense Highways was launched four years ago, motorists were promised that by 1972 they would be able to drive anywhere on a 41,000-mile network of superhighways free of traffic lights and stop signs. Today, the undertaking-which President Eisenhower once called “the greatest public works program in history” is up against financial difficulties. It is also plagued by allegations of corruption and mismanagement. Rep. John A. Blatnik (D Minn,), chairman of the House Public Works Special Subcommittee on the Federal Aid Highway Program, has predicted that hearings to be resumed late this year on fraud charges will open the program to criticism that will make past fault-finding seem “like a tea party.” Blatnik has called ...

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