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Current U.S. Highway shield in California
Current U.S. Highway shield in California

The United States Highway System is an integrated system of roads in the United States numbered within a nationwide grid. As these highways were coordinated by the United States Federal Government in the early days, they are sometimes referred to as Federal Highways. Nowadays, there is no funding difference between these routes and any other state highways. The numbers are coordinated by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), in which the only current federal involvement is a non-voting seat for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1537x1536, 41 KB) Current w:U.S. Highway shield, made from w:MUTCD specifications by User:SPUI. File links The following pages link to this file: U.S. Highway system U.S. Highway shield ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1537x1536, 41 KB) Current w:U.S. Highway shield, made from w:MUTCD specifications by User:SPUI. File links The following pages link to this file: U.S. Highway system U.S. Highway shield ... Current design Current design (three-digit) The U.S. Highway shield is the marker used for U.S. Highways. ... File links The following pages link to this file: U.S. Highway system U.S. Highway 101 California State Route 1 Interstate 880 Interstate 680 (California) Interstate 280 (California) List of California State Routes Interstate 380 (California) California State Route 85 California State Route 92 California State Route 87 California... File links The following pages link to this file: U.S. Highway system U.S. Highway 101 California State Route 1 Interstate 880 Interstate 680 (California) Interstate 280 (California) List of California State Routes Interstate 380 (California) California State Route 85 California State Route 92 California State Route 87 California... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... A typical rural county road in Indiana, USA, where traffic drives on the right. ... ... AASHTO, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, is a standards setting body which publishes specifications, test protocols and guidelines which are used in highway design and construction throughout the United States. ... The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is a Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with transport. ...


Similar systems are the informal National Auto Trail system (which was used before the U.S. Highway System) and the Interstate Highway System (which has partially replaced the U.S. Highway System). The system of National Auto Trails was an informal network of marked routes that existed in the United States and Canada in the early part of the 20th century. ... A typical rural stretch of Interstate Highway, with two lanes in each direction separated by a large grassy median, and with cross-traffic limited to overpasses and underpasses. ...


Many U.S. highways are designated as part of the National Highway System, which includes all highways of national importance. The National Highway System includes many significant roads besides Interstate Highways Note: This article was adapted from public domain Federal Highway Administration web sites. ...

Old style marking for Jefferson Highway
Old style marking for Jefferson Highway

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Jefferson Highway Marker (after 1910s design) This work is copyrighted. ... The Jefferson Highway was an automobile highway stretching through the central United States from New Orleans, Louisiana to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ...


Early named system

The first United States automobile highway system originated in the 1910s with a series of named highways, known collectively as National Auto Trails. The major routes were named for American Presidents; for example the Lincoln Highway ran from New York City on the Atlantic coast to San Francisco on the Pacific; the Jefferson Highway from New Orleans north to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Jefferson Davis Highway ran from Washington, DC to Blaine in Washington State near the border with Canada. A major exception to the presidential names was the Dixie Highway, running from Miami, Florida to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. A small variety of cars, the most popular kind of automobile. ... // Events and trends Technology Gideon Sundback patents the first modern zipper Harry Brearley invents stainless steel Charles P. Strite invents first pop-up bread toaster Science Einsteins theory of general relativity Max von Laue discovers the diffraction of x-rays by crystals Alfred Wegener puts forward his theory of... The system of National Auto Trails was an informal network of marked routes that existed in the United States and Canada in the early part of the 20th century. ... The President of the United States (often abbreviated POTUS) is the head of state of the United States. ... The Lincoln Highway was Americas first transcontinental highway. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The Jefferson Highway was an automobile highway stretching through the central United States from New Orleans, Louisiana to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... {{Canadian City/Disable Field={{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Motto: Unum Cum Virtute Multorum (One With the Strength of Many) City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada location. ... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Glorious and free) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Lieutenant Governor John Harvard Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Area 647,797 km² (8th) Land 553,556 km² Water 64,241 km² (14. ... Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway was named for Jefferson Davis (1808-1889). ... Blaine is a city located in Whatcom County, Washington, right on the Canadian border. ... State nickname: The Evergreen State Other U.S. States Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Governor Christine Gregoire (D) Official languages None Area 184,824 km² (18th)  - Land 172,587 km²  - Water 12,237 km² (6. ... Dixie Highway in St. ... City nickname: The Magic City, The American Riviera, The Sixth Borough Location Location of Miami in the State of Florida Government County Miami-Dade Mayor Manuel “Manny” Diaz (R) Physical characteristics Area      Land      Water 54 km²      35. ... Sault Ste. ...


Such obsolete highway names survive only in scattered locations in the United States, mostly on old highway routes that have been bypassed by later larger highways and now are used mostly by local traffic. The old named highways were marked with horizontal bands of color on telephone & telegraph poles and posts beside their routes, sometimes supplemented by letters (eg; a red, a white and a blue stripe with an "L" indicated the Lincoln Highway; two blue stripes with "JH" indicated the Jefferson Highway; two white and one red stripe with "DH" showed the Dixie Highway). The Lincoln Highway was Americas first transcontinental highway. ... The Jefferson Highway was an automobile highway stretching through the central United States from New Orleans, Louisiana to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ... Dixie Highway in St. ...


Current system

Discussion about the form of the proposed United States Numbered Highway system began in 1924 and a preliminary list was ready by the next year. The final list was approved on November 11, 1926. During 1927, the named highways began to be replaced with numbers. US numbered highways do not have a minimum design standard, unlike the later Interstate highway system. Roads on the United States highway system are not usually controlled-access (stoplight free) roads. Many are the main streets of the cities and towns they run through. The United States Highways are state highways, funded just like any other state highway. 1924 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... A typical rural stretch of Interstate Highway, with two lanes in each direction separated by a large grassy median, and with cross-traffic limited to overpasses and underpasses. ... A state highway in the United States is a numbered highway primarily administered and financed by a state government. ...


Numbering of US highways is not controlled by the Federal government. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) collectively agrees on the routes to be signed.


On maps and the road, a US highway is indicated by a number on a white sign in a shape of a shield with six points, five above, one below. Until the 1980s, the regulations which describe the sign did not explicitly state that they should be white, leading the state of Florida to use different colors for different roads from 1956 until 1994 - http://www.us-highways.com/. State nickname: Sunshine State Other U.S. States Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush (R) Official languages English Area 170,451 km² (22nd)  - Land 137,374 km²  - Water 30,486 km² (17. ...


The numbering system consists of a one, two, or three digit number. For routes 1 through 101, odd numbers represent north-south highways and even numbers represent east-west. Major North-South US routes were designated by ending in 1. Major East-West US routes ended in zero. The numbers increase moving east to west and north to south. In contrast, the modern Interstate reverses the grid. For example, US 1 and I-95 are located on the East Coast, while US 101 and I-5 run along the West Coast.


Route numbers greater than 101 are spur or secondary routes given a number consisting of a single digit prefixed to the number of the "parent" route; for example, US highway 331 is the third secondary route that branches off US 31.


Further defining the system, suffixes have been used. Equal splits in a route were designated E and W for East / West and N and S for North / South. Existing examples include US 31E, US 31W, US 70N and US 70S. This sort of equally split route is not as common as it used to be.


Bannered highways, additional loop and spur routes, are defined as alternate route (A routes), bypass routes, and Business Routes (B routes). Bannered highways are alternates and spurs designated with a banner plate above the route shield (or occasionally below), or a suffix after the number in the shield of U.S. Highways and state highways. ... Bypass routes are a type of bannered highway usually used when the main route of the highway goes through a town and an alternate route of the same highway goes around the highway. ... A Business Route can be a branch from an Interstate, U.S. or State Highway route. ...


The Interstate highway system of limited access highways was begun in the 1950s as the National Defense Highway System. These new highways were to supplement the existing United States highway system, not to replace the US highway system, although in some areas an interstate did replace an older US highway. A typical rural stretch of Interstate Highway, with two lanes in each direction separated by a large grassy median, and with cross-traffic limited to overpasses and underpasses. ... // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby-boom from returning...


While AASHTO rules discourage US and Interstate routes with the same number to exist in the same state, such examples exist, like I-24 and US 24 in Illinois. In addition, I-49 is planned to extend through Arkansas, a state that US 49 passes through; I-69 is planned to extend to Texas, where US 69 currently exists; and two Interstate/US multiplexes with the same number will occur in North Carolina (where I-74 will share a freeway with US 74) and Wisconsin (where I-41 will be designated along current US 41). This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) Official languages English Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... State nickname: The Natural State Other U.S. States Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Governor Mike Huckabee (R) Official languages English Area 137,732 km² (29th)  - Land 134,856 km²  - Water 2,876 km² (2. ... ... State nickname: Tar Heel State Other U.S. States Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Governor Michael Easley (D) Official languages English Area 139,509 km² (28th)  - Land 126,256 km²  - Water 13,227 km² (9. ... State nickname: Badger State State motto: Forward Other U.S. States Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Governor Jim Doyle (D) Official languages None Area 169,790 km² (23rd)  - Land 140,787 km²  - Water 28,006 km² (17%) Population (2000)  - Population 5,453,896 (18th)  - Density 38. ...


See also

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Primary U.S. Highways
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30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
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List of U.S. Highways - Bannered U.S. Highways

This list of United States Highways is grouped by the 1- or 2-digit parent highway, although in some cases, a 3 digit highway is totally unrelated to its apparent parent. ... The following bannered highways have existed: Defunct routes are listed in italics. ... Current design Current design (three-digit) The U.S. Highway shield is the marker used for U.S. Highways. ... List of articles related to roads and highways around the world. ... The system of National Auto Trails was an informal network of marked routes that existed in the United States and Canada in the early part of the 20th century. ... A typical rural stretch of Interstate highway, with two lanes in each direction separated by a large grassy median, and with cross-traffic limited to overpasses and underpasses. ... The National Highway System includes many significant roads besides Interstate Highways Note: This article was adapted from public domain Federal Highway Administration web sites. ... Current U.S. Highway shield The United States Highway System is an integrated system of roads in the United States numbered within a nationwide grid. ... Us highway Shield, blank. ... United States Highway 1 is a United States highway which parallels the east coast of the United States. ... United States Highway 2 is an east-west United States highway. ... United States Highway 3 is a north-south United States highway that runs from northern New Hampshire to Boston, Massachusetts. ... United States Highway 4 is a United States highway that runs from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to East Greenbush (town), New York. ... United States Highway 5 is a north-south United States highway. ... U.S. Highway 6 is a largely east-west United States Highway that connects Bishop, California with Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. ... Sources and External Links U.S. Highways: from US 1 to (US 830) (Robert V. Droz) Categories: Stub | United States Highway system ... United States Highway 8 is a United States highway that runs primarily east-west for 281 miles (452 km), mostly within the state of Wisconsin. ... United States Highway 9 is a north-south United States highway in the states of Delaware, New Jersey, and New York in the United States. ... Categories: Stub | United States Highway system | U.S. highways in North Dakota ... Categories: Stub | United States Highway system ... United States Highway 12 is an east-west United States highway. ... Source and External Link U.S. Highways: from US 1 to (US 830) (Robert V. Droz) Categories: Stub | United States Highway system ... United States Highway 14 (US 14), an east-west route, is one of the original United States highways of 1926. ... Source and external link U.S. Highways: from US 1 to (US 830) (Robert V. Droz) Categories: Stub | United States Highway system ... United States Highway 16 is an east-west United States highway between Rapid City, South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. ... MAJOR JUNCTIONS JUNCTION POSTMILE {{{junction}}} Legend BROWSE STATE HWYS {{{browse}}} United States Highway 17 is a north-south United States highway. ... United States Highway 18 (US 18), an east-west route, is one of the original United States highways of 1926. ... United States Highway 19 is a north-south United States highway. ... United States Highway 20 is an east-west United States highway. ... U.S. Highway 21 in the pre-Interstate era was a north-south highway connecting the area around Lake Erie and the coastal South. ... Signs for U-turn ramps on US 22 in Union County, New Jersey United States Highway 22, an east-west route, is one of the original United States highways of 1926. ... U.S. Highway 23 is a long north-south U.S. highway between Mackinaw City, Michigan and Jacksonville, Florida. ... United States Highway 24, a dual north-south/east-west route, is one of the original United States highways of 1926. ... U.S. Highway 25 is a north-south US highway in the eastern United States of America that now connects Cincinnati, Ohio at the Ohio River to Brunswick, Georgia near the Atlantic Ocean. ... United States Highway 26 is an east-west United States highway. ... United States Highway 27 (US 27), is a north-south United States highway. ... U.S. Highway 28 is a defunct designation (since the early 1950s) of an east-west highway between Astoria, Oregon and Ontario, Oregon. ... United States Highway 29 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 1,036 miles (1,667 km) from the western suburbs of Baltimore to Pensacola, Florida. ... United States Highway 30 is an east-west United States highway that traverses the United States. ... US Highway 31 is a long north-south highway connecting northern Michigan to southern Alabama, with termini at Interstate 75 near Mackinaw City, Michigan, and U.S. Highway 90 and U.S. Highway 98 at Spanish Fort, Alabama. ... U.S. Highway 32, or US-32, is an early (1926) designation of an east-west highway between Chicago, Illinois and Council Bluffs, Iowa. ... United States Highway 33 is a north-south United States highway that runs northwest-southeast for 709 miles (1,141 km) from northern Indiana to Richmond, Virginia. ... United States Highway 34 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 1,122 miles (1,806 km) from the western suburbs of Chicago to north-central Colorado. ... Source and External Link U.S. Highways: from US 1 to (US 830) (Robert V. Droz) Categories: Road stubs | United States Highway system ... United States Highway 36 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 1,414 miles (2,276 km) from east-central Ohio to Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. ... U.S. Highway 37 was a proposal for a north-south U.S. Highway put forth by AASHO between 1934 and 1944. ... U.S. Highway 38 is the early, long-defunct (since the 1930s) designation of an east-west route connecting Omaha, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado. ... United States Highway 40 is an east-west United States highway. ... United States Highway 41 is a north-south United States Highway that runs from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Miami, Florida. ... United States Highway 42 is an east-west United States highway that runs northeast-southwest for 355 miles from Cleveland, Ohio to Louisville, Kentucky. ... United States Highway 43 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 410 miles (649 km) from central Tennessee to Mobile, Alabama. ... United States Highway 44 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 238 miles (383 km) from Plymouth, Massachusetts to the Hudson Valley region of New York. ... United States Highway 45 is a north-south United States highway. ... US 46 is an east-west United States highway. ... United States Highway 48 is an east-west United States highway that currently runs for 148 miles from northern Virginia to central West Virginia. ... US 49 is a north-south United States highway. ... United States Highway 50 is an east-west United States highway. ... United States Highway 51 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 1,286 miles (2,070 km) from northern Wisconsin to the western suburbs of New Orleans, Louisiana. ... United States Highway 52 is an unusual United States highway. ... United States Highway 53 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 403 miles from northern Minnesota to La Crosse, Wisconsin. ... United States Highway 54 is an east-west United States highway that runs northeast-southwest for 1,197 miles (1,926 km) from western Illinois to El Paso, Texas. ... United States Highway 55 was a north-south United States highway. ... United States Highway 56 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 640 miles from Kansas City, Missouri to northern New Mexico. ... United States Highway 57 is a north-south United States highway that follows a nearly east-west route in southwest Texas. ... United States Highway 58 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 508 miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia to northeast Tennessee. ... United States Highway 59 is a north-south United States highway (though it is signed east-west in parts of Texas). ... United States Highway 60 is an east-west United States highway, running 2,670 miles (4,300 km) from Virginia to Arizona. ... The Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge, Dubuque, Iowa. ... U.S. Highway 62 runs from the US-Mexican border at El Paso, Texas at Niagara Falls, New York all the way to the US-Canadian border. ... United States Highway 63 is an north-south United States highway that runs for 1,286 miles (2,070 km) from northern Wisconsin to northern Louisiana. ... United States Highway 64 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 2,326 miles from eastern North Carolina to just southwest of the Four Corners in northeast Arizona. ... U.S. Highway 65 is a north-south United States highway stretching from Albert Lea, Minnesota to Natchez, Mississippi. ... U.S. Highway 66 or Route 66 was a highway in the U.S. Highway system. ... United States Highway 67 is a north-south United States highway. ... United States Highway 68 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 560 miles (901 km) from northwest Ohio to western Kentucky. ... US 69 is a north-south United States highway. ... United States Highway 70 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 2,385 miles (3,838 km) from eastern North Carolina to east-central Arizona. ... United States Highway 71 is a north-south United States highway. ... United States Highway 72 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 432 miles from southeast Tennesee through northern Alabama and northern Mississippi to southwest Tennessee. ... United States Highway 73 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 112 miles from southeast Nebraska to northeast Kansas. ... United States Highway 74 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 524 miles (843 km) from southeast North Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... US 75 is a north-south United States highway. ... United States Highway 76 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 548 miles (882 km) from southeast North Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... US 77 is a north-south United States highway. ... United States Highway 78 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 715 miles (1,151 km) from Memphis, Tennessee to Charleston, South Carolina. ... United States Highway 79 is a north-south United States highway. ... US 80 is an east-west United States highway. ... United States Highway 81 is a north-south United States highway. ... United States Highway 82 is an east-west United States highway. ... United States Highway 83 is a north-south United States highway. ... United States Highway 84 is an east-west United States highway. ... United States Highway 85 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 1,479 miles from the Canadian border in North Dakota to the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas. ... United States Highway 87 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 1,998 miles from northern Montana to southern Texas. ... United States Highway 89 is a north-south United States highway with two branches. ... United States Highway 90 is an east-west United States highway. ... United States Highway 91 is a north-south United States highway. ... Current route US 92 runs for 177 miles from SR 595 and SR 687 in downtown St. ... United States Highway 93 is a major north-south United States highway in the western U.S., extending between the Canadian border in Montana, where it connects with B.C. Highway 93, and Wickenburg, Arizona, a small town about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Phoenix. ... US 94 is now part of U.S. Highway 41; see that article for details. ... US 95 is a north-south United States highway. ... US 96 is a north-south United States highway. ... United States Highway 97 is a major north-south United States highway in the western United States. ... United States Highway 98 is an east-west United States highway that runs from southern Florida to western Mississippi. ... Detail from antique road map of US 99 through California. ... MAJOR JUNCTIONS JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 LA 0. ... U.S. Highway 163 is not related to U.S. Highway 63 despite the numbers implication of such. ... US 400 is an east-west U.S. Highway. ... United States Highway 412 is an east-west United States highway. ... US 425 is an north-south United States highway. ... This list of United States Highways is grouped by the 1- or 2-digit parent highway, although in some cases, a 3 digit highway is totally unrelated to its apparent parent. ... The following bannered highways have existed: Defunct routes are listed in italics. ...

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