During the mid-1900s, Congress considered a series of bills to create an interstate highway system. They debated how much money the federal government would provide and where the highways would be constructed. Committees compiled research and were sent photographs as evidence of the poor roadways throughout the U.S., such as the ones shown above. Finally on June 26, 1956, Congress approved H.R. 10660, a bill to construct 41,000 miles of interstate highways. The Senate passed the House bill with amendments, 89 to 1. The House passed the amendments by a voice vote on the very same day. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed H.R. 10660 into law on June 29.
Photos of cars stuck in muddy roads, SEN 78A-F23, Records of the U.S. Senate
H.R. 10660, 1956, HR 84A-D4, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives