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The Interstate: More than Roads, More than People, by AASHTO's Michael Shean

The Interstate system has always held a very strange sort of magic for me.

In the summer of 1988, my parents took my sister and me on the one and only family vacation that we’d ever have. We traveled from my hometown of Beckley, West Virginia, to the cities of Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. My father wanted to see the National Museum of the United States Air Force, and the USS Cod. Since as a child I was fascinated with aircraft, I agreed with the trip heartily. My sister was more interested in Sea World, though I could hardly blame her. Dolphins and killer whales, penguins and puffins? Sign me up. It was the longest trip that I had ever taken with my family at that point, and I hardly understood how we would get there — but I knew at least that we’d be making use of that mythical creature that my parents referred to as "the Interstate."

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June 18, 2014

One Hundred Years Ago Today in Transportation...

A major stride in aviation started out on the banks of the River Seine in France when an American named Lawrence Sperry took to the sky in a plane equipped with a new invention of his – the first automatic pilot (autopilot) that was especially made for that mode of transportation. That history-making flight on that sunny Thursday occurred as part of the Councours de la Securité en Aéroplane (Airplane Safety Competition). Read More

AASHTO Presidential Profile: George T. McCoy, California

Nearly 40 years after the association was founded, AASHO selected George T. McCoy – described in American Highways magazine as the “Real McCoy” – as its 42nd president. McCoy, the state highway engineer of California, was elected president at the annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, in November 1954. He took over that leadership role at an eventful and important time for the association, when Alfred E. Johnson would start his longtime tenure as AASHO’s third executive secretary and state highway officials were among those working hardest to help bring into existence the Interstate System. Read More

Then and Now

Transportation for a Competitive America

The following speech was given by then-AASHTO President and Iowa Department of Transportation Director Darrel Rensink at the AASHTO 82nd Annual Meeting, held in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1996. Rensink rang in his year as AASHTO President by stressing the importance of transportation investment in continuing to growth the economy. At the time, the economy was fairing quite well, but transportation infrastructure investment was not at the level Rensink said it should be, which he said limited even broader economic opportunities. Today, transportation advocates make the same argument, though in tougher economic times: Strong transportation investment is vital in growing the economy and providing opportunities for citizens across the country and make us more competitive. Check out an excerpt of Rensink’s remarks. Read More

Did You Know?

AASHTO is on YouTube!

AASHTO’s news products expand beyond print and web publications. We are also on video!

The AASHTO founders might have envisioned the national transportation system we currently enjoy, but they probably did not imagine anything like the internet. So, it may not seem so obvious that AASHTO has had a major presence online and in social media for several years. Read More