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Old 07-23-2016, 03:24 PM   #71
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Eisenhower was also influenced to create the interstate system as a young Army officer by his cross-country military truck trip way back in 1919.

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Old 07-23-2016, 04:41 PM   #72
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It was built under the national "defense" umbrella. The concept being to get people out of cities and to get military personnel and hardware anywhere in the country efficiently. It was based on the German Autobahn concept. What is interesting is that in Germany during WW II most military equipment was moved by rail rather than the Autobahn.

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I was taught that Eisenhower was favorably impressed by the Autobahn in Germany and decided we needed a similar roadway here. The Interstates were designed to accomdate military traffic and must also have one mile straight sections to allow landing strips for aircraft.

I remember my junior high social studies teacher harping about how the roads around Gettysburg, PA were the finest in the stateso that Eisenhower could take a nice ride.
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Old 07-23-2016, 04:46 PM   #73
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OK, I'm probably wrong. I remember commerce being a far secondary reason, trucks were not what they are now. I remember it wrong I guess, but apparently my senility is eating my brain cells some. I think half a brain is a big step up for me. I heard that might happen to me at this stage.............

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Old 07-23-2016, 06:51 PM   #74
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DW and I used our IL IPass to go from WI to Washington DC and back, it worked great in all states and all gates.. total tolls both ways came to just under 200.00 for 1500 miles. Good Roads and about 60 miles between service centers.

200 bucks for 1500 miles, let's see at 12.5 mpg that would be 1250 miles, I think I'll pass on the toll roads


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I seem to remember the defense argument when I was a kid, too. I also remember that wherever possible, intersecting roads were built OVER the interstate. That way, any bridge that was destroyed could just be bulldozed out of the way.
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My family had some involvement in the trucking industry but you may be correct because trucks started moving more loads as the railroads declined.
I have a dim memory of the trucking industry lobbying for more and better highways.

But I do recall plenty of truck traffic in the 50's and 60's but not like today.

Even my two lane street that started as a cow path is now a state highway with truck traffic.
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Old 07-23-2016, 09:44 PM   #77
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Without trucks, America stops. Just saying..........
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Old 07-23-2016, 11:28 PM   #79
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If going east to west in pa use I 80. No toll goes same way. May take a bit longer but you save a notes rate of camping. I drove out to pick up camper in Ohio. From Harrisburg to state line in Pittsburg area could just for tuck o think over 40 dollars. Just truck. Came back 80 nice road no gouging gas stations, no pay for tolls. This is why PA for years has tried to get Feds to let them toll 80. The state does not want any way around avoiding tolls.

The topper is they just stated this month they are going up on tolls again in January 2017
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Just got my EZ pass statement and it showed $30 to cross the Commodore Berry bridge over the Delaware river with a DRW and a two axle 5er.
Also went over the Ben Franklin bridge with a DRW only for $15.

I feel bad for the guys with 3 axle trailers and larger rigs.

EZ pass is the way to go, just watch your statement every month. Sometimes there are mistakes that need to be corrected ASAP.


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