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December 9
1918 Logan Page dies of a heart attack in Chicago, IL, after becoming ill during a meeting of AASHO's executive committee. During the Joint Highway Congress of AASHO and the Highway Industries Association (December 11-12), Page was to have delivered a talk on "Highway Control by the Federal Government Under War Conditions." An AASHO tribute states, "He more than any other man, has stood for scientific road construction, for education and the use of educated and experienced engineers for carrying out road work."
A leader's epitaph: "Logan Waller Page - 1870-1918 - Pioneer in the Science of Road Building in the United States-Creator and First Director of the Federal Office of Public Roads-Benefactor of All Who Use American Highways." (Flowers placed by Administrator Rodney Slater, April 21, 1995).
1991 Federal-Aid Policy Guide Transmittal No. 1 is issued, transmitting the new guide, which replaces the Federal-Aid Highway Program Manual (FHPM). The new guide includes all the regulatory material in the FHPM and current and valid nonregulatory material. An electronic version of the new guide was posted recently on the FHWA Electronic Bulletin Board System.
1993 Administrator Rodney Slater, in a heavily attended ceremony at Union Station in Washington, DC, unveils FHWA's recommendations for the National Highway System. "This is perhaps the most important event I will have the opportunity to participate in as your Federal Highway Administrator," he tells the crowd, "because the National Highway System is going to be the backbone of our national transportation network in the 21st century." Secretary Federico Pea announces an initiative to develop an intermodal National Transportation System to guide planning and investments in America's transportation network.
Administrator Rodney E. Slator explaining the purpose of the National Highway System during a ceremony in Washington's Union Station.
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