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Interstates mark half a century

May 31, 2006
by Alicia Eakin

Valdosta  --  2006 is a milestone year for America as the Interstate Highway System is celebrating it's 50th Anniversary this year. 

The Interstate was born when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act in 1956. It was designed to move troops and goods quickly and safely through the country.

Today, it is a vital part of everyday life.  "I think its led to where we are as a nation, because we're able to get to places, we're able to travel and take commodities all across the country without getting on local streets. It's made our local streets safer, their time quicker, its a win-win-win for everyone," said City Engineer Von Shipman.  

Planning for the last part of the highway is underway. The section is a connection north of Philadelphia to close the last gap in I-95.

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