# List of Interstate Highways facts for kids

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Interstate Highways in the 48 states that border each other. Purple routes are currently built and open freeways, blue are currently open spur routes, and green is proposed routes, future roads, or those being built.
The sign used to mark an interstate.

Primary Interstate Highways are the major interstate highways of the United States and have a one or two-digit route number. Even (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) route numbers are given to east/west routes, with the smaller numbered routes in the south (I-10) and bigger numbered routes in the north (I-90). Similarly, odd (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) route numbers are given to north/south routes, with the smaller numbered routes in the west (I-5) and the bigger numbered routes in the east (I-95).

There are five sets of numbers that are used more than once throughout the system; the highways whose numbers are used more than once are separated by big distances to avoid confusion. Below, these are made separate from each other by West and East.

Three-digit Interstates are spur or loop Interstates that usually are in big cities and areas outside of cities. The last two digits of a three-digit Interstate are always the number of the route it is related to. If the first digit is odd (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9), the Interstate is usually a spur route while if the first digit is even (2, 4, 6, 8, or 0), the Interstate is usually a loop route.

## Primary Interstates

A total of 67 primary Interstates are in the table below, with 43 of them having three-digit routes. The lengths in the table are as of December 31, 2013.

Routes ending in 0 or 5 are marked in green.

## Interstates outside of the mainland

Interstate Highways are not only in the 48 states of the United States that border, but there are also Interstates in Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.

### Hawaiian Interstates

The Interstate Highways in the island of Oʻahu, Hawaii are signed with the normal Interstate shield, with the letter "H-" added before the number. They are fully controlled-access routes built to the same standards as the Interstate routes in the main part of the United States.

Interstate Route Length (miles)
H-1

Kapolei, Hawaii (HI-93) to Honolulu, Hawaii (HI-72)
Associated route: H-201
27.16
H-2

Pearl City, Hawaii (H-1) to Wahiawa, Hawaii (HI-99)

8.33
H-3

Halawa, Hawaii (H-1 & H-201) to Marine Corps Base Hawaii

15.32

### Alaska and Puerto Rico

The Federal Highway Administration gives money to four routes in Alaska and three routes in Puerto Rico under the same program as the rest of the Interstate Highway System. However, these routes do not have to meet the same standards as the Interstate routes in the main part of the United States.

 “ Highways on the Interstate System in Alaska and Puerto Rico shall be designed in accordance with such geometric and construction standards as are adequate for current and probable future traffic demands and the needs of the locality of the highway. ”

Map of the Interstates in Alaska

Alaska's Interstates do not have signs to mark them, although they all have state highway numbers that are not the same as the Interstate numbers.

#### Puerto Rico

Map of the Interstates in Puerto Rico

Like Alaska, Puerto Rico signs its Interstates as territorial routes, and the numbers are not the same as their official Interstate designations. Many of the territory's routes are freeway-standard toll roads.

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