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The next time you’re stuck in construction, instead of getting frustrated you could spend some time contemplating how far America’s road system has come since 1937.

This great throwback video from 1937 demonstrates novel construction techniques and road features, all designed to eliminate hassle and make roads safer for modern vehicles. At the time this video was produced, New York’s Triborough Bridge (touted as a solution to bottleneck traffic) was only a year old. The Interstate Highway System wouldn’t be authorized for another 20 years.

Things had come a long way since the days of horses and buggies, but in an age where the cloverleaf was considered a marvel of traffic engineering, you have to figure they’d be blown away by some of the multi-level, dozens-of-lanes freeway interchanges of today.