Highway and Highway Revenue Act of 1956 (70 Stat 374 and 70 Stat 387) was the first act that authorized separate funds for the ER program (the program is codified 23 U.S.C.
program funds come with guidelines from Congress regarding how they may be spent, and Federal-aid
projects must meet not only Federal, but also State and local road-building requirements.
If the transportation community can draw a single lesson from 100 years of the Federal-Aid
Highway Program, 60 years of the interstate system and the Highway Trust Fund, and five decades of FHWA and USDOT, it is this: Our workforce and partners are the lifeblood of the Federal-Aid
Looking back 100 years to the creation of the Federal-aid
highway program in 1916 and 60 years ago to the launch of the interstate construction program in 1956, it is easy to forget that these landmark laws that shaped the agency, its legacy, and the United States were not foregone conclusions.
By deciding that they would use a proven training resource produced by FHWA to augment their course content: Federal-aid
Essentials for Local Public Agencies.
With MacDonald representing Page's views in his absence, the committee drafted a Federal-aid
bill that provided for Federal funds to be apportioned among the States for improvement of "Rural Post Roads, Military Roads, and Roads used for interstate commerce." To be eligible for these Federal-aid
funds, a State would have to establish a highway agency capable of carrying out the provisions of the law.
Nixon sat at his desk in the Oval Office to sign the Federal-Aid
Highway Act of 1973.
highway program provides over $25 billion a year to states for highway and bridge projects, often paying 80 percent of these projects' costs.
These agencies receive about $7 billion annually in Federal-aid
funding, or roughly 15 percent of the entire budget for the Federal-Aid
In 2004, both houses of Congress approved separate legislation to reauthorize the federal-aid
highway program to help meet the Nation's surface transportation needs, enhance mobility, and promote economic growth.