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July 26
1973 At the Holiday Inn in Bellevue, WA, Administrator Norbert Tiemann addresses the 18th Joint State Right-of-Way Seminar. He states his theme by noting that some 2,500 years ago, the philosopher Heraclitus wrote, "All is flux, nothing stays still . . . nothing endures but change." Tiemann explains that, "The old days of roadbuilding, when the main concern of the engineers was to build a highway between two points in as straight a line as possible, are gone, and they will not return." After outlining changes in the program, he concludes by quoting Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear, and with a manly heart."
"We must have a transportation system in which each of the modes--highways, railroads, airways, and waterways--play integral, interrelated parts. No longer can we think of the highway program as an independent endeavor; now we must always relate it to how it fits into the overall picture, how it meshes with the other transportation modes."
Norbert Tiemann
Federal Highway Administrator
July 26, 1973
1993 A state-of-the-art automatic weather station is installed at FHWA's Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. Weather data will be used with other pavement-related data to develop improved pavement design and performance prediction models.
Photo: Automatic weather station at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center.
Automatic weather station at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center.
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