MITA held a press conference this week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the national interstate system. The event featured the release of a new report from TRIP which analyzed the effect of the interstate system on Michigan.
Fifty years ago this month, President Eisenhower signed into law the Federal-Aid Highway Act calling for the construction of our nation’s interstate system. The goal was to improve safety, reduce travel times, and improve the nation’s economic productivity.
Since 1956, over 1,200 miles of the nation’s interstate were built across Michigan with four major interstates and several interstate business loops. The interstate has a significant impact on Michigan’s economy, saving motorists $13.3 billion per year in time and motor fuel alone.
TRIP, Washington, DC-based nonprofit transportation research group, released “The Interstate Highway System in Michigan: Saving Lives, Time and Money.” The report analyzes the condition, impact, use and future needs of Michigan’s interstate highway system. The report reveals the economic and safety benefits that interstate has for Michigan’s residents and the future demands that will need to be addressed for the 21st century.