Construction on Most-Used Highway in the U.S. Almost Complete After Six Decades
I-95 has been a work in progress for 60 years thanks to New Jersey property owners.
Passed in 1956, the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act established a 40,000-mile interstate highway system in the United States and allocated $25 billion to construct it.
Now, more than 60 years later, the last piece of infrastructure financed by that act – the most-traveled highway in America – is about to be complete.
And what was holding up the completion of I-95 for all of this time? Lawmakers and land-owners in Mercer County, New Jersey.
Thanks to their opposition, drivers have always been forced off the interstate in New Jersey near the Pennsylvania border and onto other roadways for a stretch that spans eight miles.
Following more than two decades of work, that situation will be rectified on September 24 when the gap in I-95 is filled by newly completed infrastructure including toll plazas, intersections, and six overhead bridges.
Once the I-95 Interchange Project is complete, drivers will be able to travel the 1,900 miles from Miami to Maine without leaving the interstate.
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