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June 3
1922 BPR and the Nevada State Highway Department formally accept as completed an improved highway across the notorious "Fallon Sink" in Churchill County, a sand and alkali flat that had bedeviled motorists for years. The road, with a 20-foot wide crushed-rock and gravel surface and 18-foot turnouts every 2,000 feet, opens on June 4.
1993 Secretary of Transportation Federico Pea (the first Hispanic-American to hold the post) administers the oath of office to Rodney E. Slater as Federal Highway Administrator, the first African-American to hold the position. A swearing in ceremony takes place on June 16, with Slater's family in attendance.
"The challenge before us is to pursue advances in technology which will yield a seamless intermodal transportation network with the Nation's highways serving as the backbone of that system."
Rodney E. Slater
Federal Highway Administrator
June 3, 1993
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