Heritage, Summer 2003 Page: 13
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1916 by V.N. Zively, the organization placed a series of
granite markers along one of the routes of the Camino
First envisioned in 1939 and expedited during World War
II because of its importance to national defense, planning for
a "National System of Interstate Highways" began in 1944.
Within three years, the routes had been selected.
Construction began in 1956 after President Dwight D.
Eisenhower signed into law a measure creating the National
Highway Fund. Within 14 years, the system in Texas was
essentially complete. The state's major cities were connected
by a 3,234-mile network of multi-laned highways engineered
for speed and safety.
By the end of the 20th century, Texas had more than
79,000 miles of state-maintained roadways, from two-lane
farm-to-market roads to multi-laned freeways.
Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, Texas is working
on a new type of transportation system, a series of wide
corridors designed to move people and goods faster and more
safely than ever before. Beyond that, the corridor will feature
a wide utility easement for the transmission of oil and natural
gas, electricity, data, and a compound critical to the
future of the state-water.
The Trans Texas Corridor will be the state's largest engineering
project ever proposed, a world-class concept far
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