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August 21
1903 Director Martin Dodge and James W. Abbott represent OPRI at the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress in Seattle, WA, which concludes today. Back home, Dodge tells The Washington Star, "The revenues of the general government are so large and are raised in such a manner by indirect taxation that there would be neither hardship nor inequity if the United States should bear a considerable portion of the cost of improving some of the [Nation's] principal highways."
1961 BPR participates in the World Traffic Engineering Conference, which combines the 31st Annual Meeting of the Institute of Traffic Engineers and the International Sessions in Traffic Engineering. Participants include E. H. "Ted" Holmes ("Urban Transportation and its Future"), O. K. Normann ("Use of Electronics in Traffic Control"), Charles W. Prisk (chair, "Research into Highway Traffic Accidents" session), Donald W. Loutzenheiser (panel moderator, "Freeway Ramp Terminal Design" and panel member, "Federal Coordination of Highway and General Planning"), and Administrator Rex Whitton. Whitton receives, from Spanish Director General of Roads Sr. Vicente, a silver replica plaque of the Alcantara Bridge--built in Spain by the Romans in the first century A.D., and still in use--"as a symbol of the friendship and gratitude" the Spanish agency feels toward BPR.
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