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Crossing the country several times a year, sometimes by plane or train but usually by car, I see a lot of highway. When possible, I stay off interstates, preferring the scenic two-lane state and U.S. highways. When it becomes necessary to use an interstate, purportedly for speed, I am taking my life in my hands.

I grew up on a four-lane highway, U.S. 20. It was in the days before the interstates or the state turnpikes (except for the Pennsylvania Turnpike, built on an old railroad right-of-way). Each new turnpike or interstate was designed to take traffic off the old highway system and provide a smooth, multi-lane freeway (although many were toll roads) for trucks and autos. Although I try to avoid them, I am out there often enough to see lots of truck wrecks.

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