Public Roads, Vol. 2, No. 20
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Public Roads, Vol. 2, No. 20

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    December 1919
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    Since it was first published in 1918, Public Roads has covered advances and innovations in highway and traffic research and technology, critical national transportation issues, important activities and achievements of Federal and State governmental highway offices, and subjects of interest to highway industry professionals. Public Roads continues to promote highway research and technology transfer.

    The first two issues of Public Roads were created by Office of Public Roads and Rural Engineering in the Department of Agriculture before being passed to the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Good Roads. Beginning in July 1939, authorship of Public Roads passed to the U.S. Federal Works Agency, Public Roads Administration. The Bureau of Public Roads (first in the General Services Administration, and then at the Department of Commerce) took over Public Roads in August 1949. With the creation of a unified Department of Transportation in 1967, the Bureau of Public Roads and the Public Roads journal came under the authority of the Federal Highway Administration in April 1967. The Bureau of Public Roads was phased out in autumn 1970 by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). FHWA has continued to produce Public Roads from October 1970 to the present. Under FHWA leadership, Public Roads has transformed from a journal to a magazine, and migrated from a bi-monthly print publication to a quarterly electronic publication.

    The article titles in this issue of Public Roads include: Convention of American Association of State Highway Officials (Papers at the Highway Officials’ Convention); Federal Aid Record; Highway Department and Railroad Cooperation for Transportation of Materials; Highway Situation in Pacific Coast States; Highway Situation in the Central West; Is State Supervision of Construction and Maintenance of all Highways Desirable?; New England Conditions, 1919 and 1920; Pennsylvania’s Lackawanna Trail; Problems of Administration; Proper Inspection in the Development of Material Supplies for Heavy Programs; Relations with the Contractor, Influence of Fair Specifications and Inspection; Statement by the Highway Division of the Associated General Contractors of America; Surveys and Plans and Suggested Changes to Meet the Shortage of Engineers; Survey of Southern States Highway Situation; The American Highway Problem; The Motor Vehicle’s Share of Construction and Maintenance Cost; The Situation in the Middle Atlantic States

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    These documents are disseminated under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, in the interest of information exchange.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation does not endorse any manufacturers, products, or services cited herein and any business or trade names that may appear in these documents have been included only as necessary to further the purpose of the documents.

    These documents are works of the United States Government and are in the public domain (see 17 U.S.C. §105). Subject to the stipulations below, the documents may be distributed and copied with acknowledgment to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. Copyrights to graphics or text excerpts included in these documents are reserved by the original copyright holders or their assignees and are used herein under the Government’s licenses or by permissions. Requests to use any images must be made to the provider or providers identified in the image credits or to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, if no providers are identified. Published in the United States of America, from 1918 to 1994. For reuse, contact the Federal Highway Administration at

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