Half a century at the nation's crossroads
This year, the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the creation of the interstate network that began with the 1956 passage of the Federal-Aid Highway Act.
In conjunction with the national efforts planned by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the Federal Highway Administration, MoDOT will conduct its own celebration.
On June 28, we’ll highlight Missouri’s contribution to the interstate system by celebrating the first contract awarded at the site of the first interstate project, located at Interstate 70 and Fifth Street in St. Charles.
We’re also planning a public policy forum June 22 at the University of Missouri-Columbia to discuss the status of our interstate system, with the ultimate goal of providing a plan for the future of the interstate system.
These events will focus on the technological, economical, and social advances that have occurred as a direct result of the interstate program; the impacts and importance of the interstate system to Missouri’s economy, social well-being and recreation and tourism industries; and the vision for Missouri - current problems, future needs and associated costs.