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During construction a new inter-city highway isn't pretty. Ground is torn up. Vegetation destroyed. Private property bi sected. Surface water runoff can foul streams. Why build more? Can't we get by with existing highways? Won't more roads mean more traffic needing more roads in an endless cycle? The fact is, we don't have enough good, safe roads to han dle today's traffic. We haven't completed our interstate high way system. Too many secon dary roads date back to the twenties. The highways we need are essential to the 73% of us living in cities. Farmers can't move food without good all-weather roads. Manufacturers rely on highway transportation to pro cure raw materials and deliver finished products. And how often do you drive to the super market, bank, school, church or to visit family? We must build roads and in terchanges for access to new towns, new industrial parks and new airports. Old roads must be widened and straightened to make them safe. This has to be done responsi bly. Roads must be planned not only to offer convenience, but to protect and complement the landscape. They must be part of a total transportation system. That's why we need a national transportation plan to coordi nate, integrate and finance all modes. That plan should have a beginning, time schedule and estimated cost. Its aim: the most good for the most people. Learn more about highways. Write "Highway," Dept. 3076, Caterpillar Tractor Co., Peoria, Ill. 61602. There are no simple solutions. Only intelligent choices. Caterpillar, Cat andMare Traddemarks of CaterpilarTractorfCo.