Crossing the United States before the federal highway system was in place was very difficult. Future President Dwight Eisenhower traveled in a military expedition from Maryland to California in 1919 and took that experience with him to the White House. He signed the Federal Highway Act in 1956, which resulted in the opening of the first part of Interstate 94 in October of 1958 between Valley City and Jamestown. The video clip also includes discussion of how the interstate highway project was funded, its value in national defense, and secondary road improvement projects.
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