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February 27
1917 Today and tomorrow, during the Fourth Annual Good Roads School at the University of Idaho, Dr. L. I. Hewes of OPRRE is the principal instructor. He lectures on "The Highway as an Investment" and "Maintenance Organization," describes the Agency's 1915 and 1916 experiments, and presents an illustrated lecture on "Road Improvement."
1959 BPR transmits a report to Congress on "The Federal Role in Highway Safety," concluding with a description of an adequate program and recommendations for official action.
1991 In a steady rain, demolition of the Embarcadero Freeway in San Francisco begins, ending 30 years of controversy over the elevated roadway, widely described as an "eyesore." The freeway had been damaged by the Loma Prieta Earthquake. (See October 17, 1989.) "This is a good day for a rainfall . . . and it's a great day to take down a freeway," Mayor Art Agnos says.
Photos: before and after
Before and after: The Embarcadero Freeway parrallels the San Francisco Ferry Building (top). The ferry building after the freeway is demolished.
"A generation ago, people believed that they had to make a choice between our city's beauty and our city's needs. This generation says: `We won't buy that choice.'"
The Honorable Art Agnos
Mayor of San Francisco
February 27, 1991
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