Illinois has been an important part of the history and development of the interstate highways in the U.S. Considering that Illinois has so many interstates running through it compared to other states, it is no wonder that it was prudent to be a part of improving the safety and designs of the interstates. Illinois has the third largest amount of total miles of interstate in the U.S. with over 2,000 miles of these roads crisscrossing the state.
Definition Of An Interstate
For a highway to be declared an interstate by the Federal government, there are requirements that must be met to meet interstate standards. Interstate highways can cross state lines and are designed for people traveling longer distances. The concept of this system of highways that run across the nation is attributed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and was even named for him as the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. Construction was started as part of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. By 2010, the system had grown to a total of 47,182 miles at the cost of over $425 billion, the 2nd largest in the world to only China.
Illinois Role In Interstate Development
The state government of Illinois is proud of its role in the interstate highway system. The state was part of three important steps in the building of one of the world’s most extensive roadway systems.
AASHO Road Test Program
In 1951-1952 before the interstate system was even officially adopted, the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) needed a place to research the standards in which these highways and bridges would need to be held to. After much consideration they chose an area just west of Ottawa, IL as their test area. The site took two years to build and then was used for two years by the military to test pavement and bridge structures and design.
Minutemen ETP Program
Illinois was the first state to test and implement a road emergency program. The “minutemen” also known as the Emergency Traffic Patrol (ETP) program was started back in 1960 as a way to help stranded vehicles and those in accidents. Up to that point motorists had to wait for police and then private towing companies to help with vehicles stuck on the road. The program was permanently adopted and used as a model across the country.
Mass Transit Rail Lines
Chicago, IL also started the combination of mass transit lines being created in the medians of the interstates. Although almost a fluke, it was decided to combine the two out of necessity back in 1955 and opened the first line in 1958.
Illinois now has 23 interstates running through the state and 13 that cross between states. The busiest of course are near Chicago, with the I-90/94 segment having well over 300,000 vehicles traveling on it everyday. These highways carry 29% of all the states public travel and play an important part in the daily lives of the people and businesses in Illinois. Much of economy depends on these roads for commerce, tourism and transport. It is safe to say that both the interstate highway system and Illinois have been equally important in each other’s growth over the last 50 plus years.
Illinois Truck Accident Attorneys
Understanding the Interstate system and the applicable laws is just part of the reason why the semi-truck attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC continue to produce exceptional results for their clients. Our attorneys know the routes that many commercial carriers regularly take and use this experience to demonstrate that many of the collisions involving commercial carriers simply could not have occurred as the trucking company alleges.
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