Date of Award

Summer 7-2003

Document Type


Degree Name

Honors College


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

L. B. Lang

Second Advisor

Joyce W. O'Rourke

Third Advisor

Beverly Wade


The need for a transportation system in the United States, as well as the entire world, has long been a key factor for the high-level, fast paced society we know today. The desire to explore and expand territory and influence spawning from curiosity and instinctive nature of man has played a large role in the many eras of invention and progress, bringing a once primitive existence to the significantly advanced modern life in which we live. From the stone wheel to the metal wings of a plane, our intellectual advancement has progressed significantly, and over the years the demand for transportation is increasing and paramount to survive in an ever-moving society. Civil Engineering, the first and perhaps more broad engineering discipline, has spawned many children from its deep roots of development and improving the world. Transportation Engineering is one ofthese offspring, and is in essence one of the newer and less established disciplines. The element of design is the fuel that keeps the body of all engineering disciplines running. Therefore, due to the rapid growth of cities and even countries, there is an increasing need for transportation-based engineers in society. Considering this need, this thesis focuses on the design of one ofthe main means of transportation, the interstate system. The concept that will be addressed is the significance and application of one ofthe facilities of transportation in the United States, the interstate system; more specifically in the state of Louisiana.