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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature For June 29

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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SATURDAY, JUNE 29: GETTING UP TO SPEED

Profile America — Saturday, June 29th.  On this date in 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill establishing the Interstate Highway System, originally of 41,000 miles.  Today, that system is America's main street — linking all 48 continental states along it's nearly 47,000 miles, and making it the largest highway system in the world.  The original cost of the interstate system was more than $25 billion.  From rural dirt roads to the interstate highways, there are 4 million miles of roads in the U.S.  Building new roads and bridges involves almost 11,000 businesses in work worth more than $105 billion a year.  You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:  www.fhwa.dot.gov/interstate/faq.htm2007 Economic Census, NAICS 237310

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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