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July 31
1945 An Act is approved to amend the Federal Aid Road Act of 1916 to provide for payment of half the cost of acquiring and freeing toll bridges. This makes permanent the temporary powers granted during the war.
1970 For a half hour today, Miss Lynda Sue Plambeck of Carpenter, WY, is Girls Nation "Federal Highway Administrator." (Girls Nation is a youth citizenship training program conducted each year by the American Legion Auxiliary.) Sitting at the desk of Administrator Frank Turner, Miss Plambeck reviews correspondence, often asking questions about the documents before signing off on them. After she completes her duties, Turner gives her a copy of the triskelion USDOT emblem. Miss Plambeck, turning to a map of the Interstate System behind them, asks Turner, "When will you finish that road from Walcott to Carpenter?" He assures her that construction of I-80 is underway. (On October 3, 1970, when that stretch opens, FHWA is represented by Deputy Administrator Ralph R. Bartelsmeyer and former "Administrator" Plambeck.)
Miss Lynda Sue Plambeck, Girls Nation "Federal Highway Administrator for the Day," and Administrator Francis C. Turner pause briefly (for the photographer) from their work.
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