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The Big Roads: 07/23/17
The Big Roads by Earl Swift is a history of the United States highway system from the earliest toll roads to the modern day interstate system.
There's a lot of repetition of the history covered in other books, such as the old turnpikes and the Lincoln Highway and similar routes from that area. But this book does go into depth about the process to design our modern day roads including the testing of signs and the method for creating the road signs.
The Big Roads also takes a more realistic look at how the roads have affected the American lifestyle. Sure they has improved transportation between cities but they also bring traffic we're still struggling to understand, and the feast or famine brought by the freeways.
As with the other books in my project, I live blogged my reading. You can see my thoughts and favorite quotes on Tumblr.