Is the federal highway system made straight so planes can land on it?

While planes occasionally make an emergency landing on a freeway, there isn’t (and never has been) any such policy.

“As with Dracula, it is very difficult to put a stake through the heart of this ‘fact,’ ” writes Richard F. Weingroff, an information liaison specialist for the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Infrastructure.

“It’s like the ‘urban myths’ that people nevertheless believe.

Nevertheless, no law, regulation, or policy requires that one out of five miles of the Interstate Highway System must be straight.”

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