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Happy 200th to the National Road

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is pointing out that this weekend marks the 200th anniversary of what could be called the United States' first interstate highway: the National Road from Cumberland to what is now Wheeling, W.Va.

Construction of the road was authorized by Congress in 1806 but didn't begin until May 8, 1811 -- setting a precedent of road project delays that persists to this day. The highway would eventually be extended to Vandalia, Ill., much of it along the route of the current U.S. 40.

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History buffs will find plenty going in in Cumberland, including a parade, to mark the occasion.

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