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1967 Administrator Lowell Bridwell addresses the Conference on Improved Utilization of Existing Streets and Highways Through Traffic Engineering, conducted by the HRB in Washington, DC. "History, let us hope, will not relate that the society capable of building the world's most magnificent highway system proved incapable of using that system properly."
1979 At the "55 National Maximum Speed Limit Conference" in Baltimore, MD, Deputy Administrator John Hassell quotes Theodore Roosevelt, who said in 1903, "no man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it."
1992 Deputy Administrator Gene McCormick leads a study team of Federal, State, and industry officials on a fact-finding tour of European concrete highways. The study tour is sponsored by AASHTO, FHWA, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the Strategic Highway Research Program, The Asphalt Institute, and TRB. After visiting five countries, the team returned on June 6. The June 1991 report on the trip documents the quality of European pavements and the many areas where practices differ from those in the U.S. However, the report also documents how many of these practices are unique to the economic, political, and social climate of Europe and could not be easily transferred to the U.S. Regional Administrator E. M. Wood, Douglas A. Bernard (Chief, Demonstration Projects Division), and Robert A. Ford (Chief, International Cooperation Division), complete FHWA's team.
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