U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for October 9

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9: AMERICA'S FIRST SUPERHIGHWAY

Profile America — Tuesday, October 9th.  The first superhighway in America opened this month in 1940 — the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  The highway utilized roadbed and unfinished tunnels from an abandoned railroad project of the 1880s to make the nation's first limited access, divided highway.  The original road ran for 160 miles and featured seven tunnels, 10 service plazas, and 11 interchanges.  In the years since, the turnpike — now part of the interstate highway system — has seen many improvements and is twice its original length.  In the U.S. today, there are just over 4 million miles of roads, including nearly 47,000 miles of interstate highways.  You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at www.census.gov.

Sources:  www.pahighways.com/toll/PATurnpike.html
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1088, 1089

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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