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1958 Tentative national standards for State regulation of outdoor advertising signs, displays, and devices adjacent to the Interstate System are published in the Federal Register in conformity with Section 12 of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1958. Some 275 pieces of correspondence will be reviewed before the final rules are issued on November 10, 1958.
1965 Senate Joint Resolution 81, Public Law 89-139, approved today, calls for biennial reporting of highway needs beginning in 1968. President Lyndon Johnson directs that, "It will not be enough merely to estimate how many miles of additional highway can or should be built or how much Federal money will be required to provide this mileage. Most important is a full and fair appraisal of the urban transportation problem and of the relative capability of various Federal programs, such as the highway program and the urban mass transit assistance program to meet various urban transportation requirements." Secretary of Transportation Alan Boyd submits the first report on January 31, 1968. It provides information on current highway transportation deficiencies and those that can be foreseen in the next 2 decades, particularly in urban areas. The report also indicates that future Federal-aid highway policy would require studies to redefine the Federal-aid systems, greater stress on urban transportation, added emphasis on coordination with other modes of transport, and continued emphasis on environmental enhancement through highway programs.
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