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September 8
1950 In Washington, DC, BPR's E. W. James, just back from an inspection tour of the Pan American Highway, meets writer-historian George R. Stewart in the Cosmos Club to discuss the origins of the U.S. numbered system. The discussion provides background for Stewart's 1953 book, U.S. 40: Cross Section of the United States of America (The Riverside Press, Houghton Mifflin Company).
1975 Deputy Administrator J.R. Coupal, Jr., presents the keynote address, "The Future of Road Transportation," during a 4-day international, intermodal seminar in Sydney, Australia.
1977 Administrator William Cox announces that the BMCS is launching an intensified national campaign of roadside truck inspections. "These unannounced road checks are designed to identify and correct safety defects discovered by State and local enforcement officers and BMCS investigators on heavy commercial vehicles being operated on the Nation's Highways."
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