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By Liz Davis
March 29, 2013 12:01 a.m.



March 29, 1806

First federal highway authorized

In an effort to connect the states by land and facilitate trade, President Thomas Jefferson, on March 29, 1806, signed legislation authorizing a road from Cumberland, Maryland, to Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia). The Great National Pike, more commonly known as the Cumberland Road, was the first federal highway.

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/publicroads/06nov/02.cfm

 

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