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June 8
1918 The first meeting of the U.S. Highways Council, with Director Logan Page as chairman and BPR's J. E. Pennybacker, Jr., as secretary, takes place in Page's office. The U.S. Army, the War Production Board, the Fuel and Railroad Administrations, and the Capital Issues Committee participate. The council coordinates the government's highway activities, including shipment of road materials by railroad cars. Between this date and the end of the war, on November 11, 1918, 25 meetings of the council are held. On November 13, 1918, the council holds a special meeting to announce that no further applications will be needed for highway projects. "Procedures in securing materials for transportation should follow normal practices."
1988 Secretary of Transportation Jim Burnley administers the oath of office to Administrator Robert E. Farris, who had served as Deputy Administrator since August 1986.
"We at the FHWA have a clear sense of purpose. We know what we are here to accomplish, and we have a commitment to building the safest, best designed and best constructed highway system the world has ever known."
Robert E. Farris
Federal Highway Administrator
June 8, 1988
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