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July 28
1911 Charles Hoyt, OPR's Superintendent of Construction, begins an inspection of New Hampshire's highways (through August 12) at the request of Governor Robert Bass. In Bulletin No. 42, issued February 6, 1912, Hoyt reports that "the condition of the highways was found to be much better than was expected."
1924 The contract for the last leg of the Dalles-California Highway in Deschutes National Forest, OR, is awarded to John Hampshire of Grants Pass. Completion of this project opens the last link in a highway that extends from The Dalles, OR, to the CA line.
1955 After the House turns down the proposed Federal-aid Interstate bill by a 127-to-292 vote, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issues a statement: "There is a difference of conviction, I realize, over means of financing this construction . . . . Adequate financing there must be but, and this is the important part, contention over the method of financing should not be permitted to deny our people these critically needed roads."
"The nation badly needs new highways. The good of our people, of our economy and of our defense, requires that construction of these highways be undertaken at once."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
July 28, 1955
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