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Old 01-29-2014, 08:55 AM   #43
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I haven't seen any data, or specs, but I've heard that since the Interstate system was designed to be used by the military that there is a requirement that the road have a certain amount of straight travel with no curves every so often. Something like 5 miles of straight road every 50 miles with no overpasses, or something like that. The reasoning is that then the military can use the roadway as a runway if needed.
That's always been my understanding also. Although, I've never seen or heard it from an official source.
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FWIW, the original name of the interstate system was the "National Defense Highway System". The funding and building of the system was intended as a method for rapid movement of military ground transport across the country.

While I am not aware of specific roads that were intended or built, originally, for landing bombers during the cold war, I suppose it could have been done. The reality is there are a number of old runways from WWII days that could be used that are wider and 12-15000 ft long.

If you go to Germany or Korea, you'll see interstates specifically designed for use as runways with parking ramps for aircraft to be serviced. In the case of South Korea, they used to have cable systems they could stretch across these roads (as well as golf courses) to prevent North Korean AN 2 Colt Special Forces transport planes from landing. I know of no US interstates that have similar turn of parking ramps that would support B-52 (or for that matter, previous strategic bombers of the cold war area. These historically are aircraft with very wide wingspans...tough to use a two lane interstate out in the middle of no where for that use. JMHO...with a little previous USAF experience.
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For those that are curious these sites might be amusing to read thru:
Eisenhower Interstate Highway System -Frequently Asked Questions
The Interstate Highway System — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts
Interstate Highway System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The other danger in assuming you've got an extra foot of clearance is when you don't.

This specifically addresses the runway myth. I've recognized the possibility, always thought it was planned.
snopes.com: Interstate Highways as Airstrips
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I haven't seen any data, or specs, but I've heard that since the Interstate system was designed to be used by the military that there is a requirement that the road have a certain amount of straight travel with no curves every so often. Something like 5 miles of straight road every 50 miles with no overpasses, or something like that. The reasoning is that then the military can use the roadway as a runway if needed.
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That's always been my understanding also. Although, I've never seen or heard it from an official source.
I had some time to kill so I went on a hunt in an effort to find out if this were true or false. The link is from the Federal Highway Administration website and is probably as close to getting it straight from the horse's mouth as we will come.

One Mile in Five: Debunking the Myth - Vol. 63· No. 6 - Public Roads
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MN Traveler....this SE MN guy didn't mean to disrupt your bridge height conversation with the landing strip highway stuff.....lots of comebacks on the topic. Sounds like there is no truth to it. Thanks for all of the info - always nice to know the truth.
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MN Traveler....this SE MN guy didn't mean to disrupt your bridge height conversation with the landing strip highway stuff.....lots of comebacks on the topic. Sounds like there is no truth to it. Thanks for all of the info - always nice to know the truth.
No problem! Fun to see where these conversations go. :-)
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