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December 29
1912 In Washington, DC, Director Logan Page speaks on "Utilization of Motor Truck Trains in the Maintenance of Trunk Highways" at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He describes how OPR hired a motor truck designer to design a motor maintenance "truck train" that includes all the apparatus and facilities needed for efficient maintenance of over 100 miles of road surface by a repair gang of eight men. The theory is based on the thought that "we might 'cure the bite with the hair of the dog.'"
1981 The Federal-Aid Highway Act redefines Interstate System "construction" to mean providing a minimum level of acceptable service, and adds a fourth R, covering "reconstruction," to I-3R (resurfacing, restoring, and rebuilding).
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