The Best Investment a Nation Ever Made

Without the Interstate Highway System, America would be a less prosperous, less safe and less comfortable place to live.

This study looks at the first 40 years of the System and calls it “The Best Investment A Nation Ever Made.”

Taken from the executive summary:

The Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways is in place and celebrating its 40th anniversary, must surely be the best investment a nation ever made.

Consider this:

  • It has enriched the quality of life for virtually every American.
  • It has saved the lives of at least 187,000 people.
  • It has prevented injuries to nearly 12 million people.
  • It has returned more than $6 in economic productivity for each $1 it cost.
  • It has positioned the nation for improved international competitiveness.
  • It has permitted the cherished freedom of personal mobility to flourish.
  • It has enhanced international security.