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August 5
1933 The first highway project under the National Industrial Recovery Act (June 16, 1933) gets underway on the Salt Lake City to Saltair Road in Utah. By October 27, 1934, 16,330 miles of new roadway projects had been completed, 7,880 additional miles were under construction, and 2,845 miles more were definitely scheduled for construction (a total of 27,055 miles).
1968 Edward J. DePina is appointed Division Engineer for FHWA's Connecticut Division Office. DePina, who joined FHWA in 1965 after a career that included service as a Captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a stint with the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, is the first African-American to serve as an FHWA Division Engineer.
1971 In Named Individual Members of the San Antonio Conservation Society, et al. v. The Texas Highway Department, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, resolves whether a State, having accepted Federal-aid funds for a project (for construction of the North Expressway through Brackenridge Park in San Antonio), can then build the road with State funds to avoid Federal requirements. The court says no. "The state, by entering into this venture, voluntarily submitted itself to federal law. It entered with its eyes open," the court finds. Section 154 of the 1973 Federal-Aid Highway Act provides relief for Texas by declaring an end to the contractual relationship between the Federal and State governments with respect to the North Expressway.
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