The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) joined the rest of the nation in marking the 50th Anniversary of the Interstate on Thursday, June 29, 2006. Ceremonies recognized the impact the Dwight David Eisenhower Interstate and Defense Highway System has had on the modern transportation system.
RIDOT ceremonies took place at Eisenhower House at Fort Adams, the summer White House during the Eisenhower presidency. RIDOT unveiled its “Biggest Map in the Smallest State,” a 30- by 40-ft. map of the state.
Earlier, students in grades 4 through 8 from the state’s 39 cities and towns had decorated their town’s segment of the map with local and transportation symbols. The map was reassembled, and posters were created from the completed map and were distributed to each child.
The map is now on display in the Atrium area of the Rhode Island Department of Administration (RIDOA) at One Capitol Hill in Providence. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.