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The Road Ruckus Continues

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In this segment of Highways and Byways, we see road construction continue to develop. Towns and cities in Alabama form and the population grows as the means of transportation shifts. Politicians get involved in the decision making about where roads will be constructed. The modern Interstate System is formed and north/south east/west interstates connect major cities throughout Alabama and the United States. This segment explains the interstate numbering system, including spurs, mile markers, and even how a road gets its name. Transportation officials provide information on the costs of highway construction and future plans for Alabama’s roads. >
Extension Activities

Additional Resources:
* Alabama Department of Transportation
* Indian Trails to Interstates: The Story of Alabama’s Road System
Download chapters on the history of roads —Great reference
* Alabama Road Builders Association
* Bessie Coleman Robinson Collection Early Roads
* Encyclopedia of Alabama
* Mile markers
* ALEX lesson plan Alabama the Beautiful
* ALEX lesson plan Wandering Alabama Online Highway
* Discover Alabama
* ALEX Lesson Plan-Expository Essay-State Trip
* ALEX Lesson Plan-Top Ten Cities

Related Links:
Alabama’s Scenic Byways
* Alabama Transportation
* Britannica Alabama Transportation
* Alabama Virtual Tours
*Alabama's National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads
* Highway History Bibliography
* Fall Color Highway Tour
* Alabama Transportation—Modern Day
* The Interstate Highway System in Alabama: Saving Lives, Time and Money
* List of State Highways in Alabama
* Eisenhower creates Interstate Highway System 1954. Video
The Interstate Highway System (11:00) Video
Governor Big Jim Folsom

* Governor George C. Wallace (b. 1919) Video


Alabama Course of Study
4th Grade Course of Study Describe the impact of population growth on cities, major road systems, demographics, natural resources, and the natural environment of Alabama during the twentieth century SS16.603.48b. Significant places in present-day AL: Transportation routes SS16.603.48a. Significant places in present-day Alabama: Cities SS33 Places and Regions Connections to the National Geography Standards: Standard 9: "The characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth's surface 10th Grade Course of Study Correlates to Alabama Course of Study: Social Studies 10th Grade Content Standard 7, p. 72 Purpose: To inform students of the continued development of transportation in Alabama To inform students of the political decisions that influence road construction To inform students of the growth of cities in Alabama due to highway construction and expansion To inform students that transportation systems pay a major role in the economic development of a region
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