In 1956 President Dwight Eisenhower championed the passing of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 (also known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act) when he signed into law an authorization of $25 billion for the construction of highways to span 41,000 miles of the United States – the largest public works project in American history at that time.
This act included the construction of Interstate 95, the longest north-south interstate which runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean coastline from Maine to Florida. Originally scheduled to be completed in a 10-year span, this crucial section of the route will finally be finished in September 2018 when an eight mile section of toll road in New Jersey and Pennsylvania will finally become part of the Interstate.
Today, I-95 is host to more than one-fifth of the nation’s road miles and serves 110 million people in the most densely populated region in the country. The road is the main thoroughfare for national economic activity, facilitating 40 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to the I-95 Corridor Coalition.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, which oversees the I-95 Interchange Project, said the new infrastructure—which includes the creation of flyover ramps, toll plaza facilities, environmental mitigation sites, intersections, six overhead bridges, widened highways and new connections to the New Jersey and Pennsylvania turnpikes—will be open to the public by September 24.
After 60 years in the making, I-95 will finally be complete.
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