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Today in Interstate History

Representative James J. Howard. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

April 6, 1988

President Ronald Reagan signed into law H.R. 4263, which designated I-195 in New Jersey the "James J. Howard Interstate Highway." Howard, who died just a dozen days earlier, was a U.S. Representative from the Garden State. The Democratic lawmaker had been chairman of the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation. He steadfastly sought to make the nation's transportation infrastructure, including the Interstate System, even stronger and safer. Howard came to be known, as a matter of fact, as "Mr. Highway Safety."