On the road


Journal Article

In 1913, Carl Graham Fisher put forward the idea of transcontinental road that included north-south routes, east-west routes and a diagonal road across the country. With the proliferation of numerous named roads throughout the country, the America Association of State Highway Officials rationalized the system of roads and road signs across the nation in 1925. When Dwight Eisenhower assumed presidency in 1953, the formation of a National Highway Authority (NHA) was set forth. Three years later in 1956, the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 was finally passed. The bill signed by Eisenhower authorized a 12-year $25 billion project for the construction of a National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. By 1986, 97% of the system was already operational. To make the Interstate System user-friendly, improvements of the legibility of highway signs were proposed leading to the modernization of the Federal Highway Agency's (FHA) alphabets. The new typeface was christened Clearview and in 2004 it was granted interim approval by the FHA.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Petroski, H

Published Date

  • January 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 94 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 396 - 399

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-0996

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1511/2006.61.3494

Citation Source

  • Scopus