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August 27
1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Public Law 85-767, codifying all pertinent portions of existing Federal highway legislation as "Highways" (Title 23, United States Code), "Other Highways," and "General Provisions." Previously, the Federal laws on highways were contained in more than 40 separate enactments, beginning with the Federal Aid Road Act of 1916. Many overlapped, were contradictory, or were obsolete. In response to Section 12 of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1954, the Department of Commerce had recommended a draft consolidation law.
1974 Administrator Norbert Tiemann issues an FHWA Bulletin on "Studded Tire Policy" and writes to the Governors, advising them that, "Available information indicates that there is no net safety benefit to be derived from the use of present studded tires." He adds that in view of excessive wear and physical damage to roadway surfaces, State and local consideration of banning or limiting the use of studded tires is warranted.
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