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July 25
1911 OPR begins work on Mountain View Road to Sycamore, AR. The earth road, an object lesson project, is completed August 1, 1911. The total length graded was 3,000 feet, the width 16 feet, and the area 5,333 square yards. The cost to the community was $127.60.
1916 The North and South Highway Association of Idaho is organized, with Dr. L. J. Perkins of Lewiston as president, to promote a 500-mile highway connecting the northern and southern sections of the State--a goal achieved in late 1926 (U.S. 95). The idea of linking the two parts of the State captured the imagination, but financing seemed impossible until "Federal aid and distribution of forestry money . . . made possible the fulfillment of Idaho's greatest dream," as one 1926 account put it.
1994 At the White House, Jordan's King Hussein and Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin sign a "Peace Declaration" and shake hands, ending a half century of hostilities between their countries. As part of the process leading to this day, Seppo I. Sillan, Chief of FHWA's Geometric and Roadside Design Branch, co-chaired talks about improving roads between the countries in a meeting held at the Dead Sea, Jordan, during the week before the historic "hand shake" in Washington, DC.
Photo: sign
Sign posted during talks on reopening road communication between Jordan and Israel.
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