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September 2
1965 Using an acetylene torch, highway officials in Colorado cut a logging chain to mark the opening of a 3-mile segment of I-70, easing one of the State' worst traffic bottlenecks--where traffic diverges to Berthoud Pass and Loveland Pass.
1970 Secretary of Transportation John Volpe announces that FHWA has advised its Division Engineers to "encourage the greatest use of buses in preference to individual automobiles." Administrator Frank Turner explains that, "It will not be financially possible--and even if it were, certainly not socially desirable--to provide all the highway facilities that would be needed in order to satisfy the peak period demands, especially in our larger urban areas, for all the people who want to drive automobiles."
"Additional attention should be given to the movement of people as well as the movement of vehicles in future studies for the general determination of the number of lanes on high-volume radial highways, including freeways."
FHWA Guidance to Division Engineers
September 2, 1970
1975 Regional Administrator James W. White and Division Administrator Gordon E. Penney represent FHWA as Governor David Boren cuts the ribbon on I-40 near Erick, OK. With the opening of this segment, all of the State's 616 miles of rural Interstate highways are open.
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