THE MOST CONVENIENT WAYES: A STORY OF ROADS IN VIRGINIA

The history of Virginia's highways is traced from the Jamestown Greate Road (built by the settlers who arrived in 1607) through the turnpike era and the State system, to the interstate system and the recent development of a new arterial network. America's first road laws are described, as well as the decision on the first toll road in 1772. Early paving methods are reviewed. The organization of road programs in the early 1900 is discussed and the first construction appropriation in 1909 is described. The first state system was approved by the general assembly in 1918 and the question of financing of roads is considered. The establishment of the secondary system, of passable year-round roads, the designation of the interstate highway in 1944, the Stone commission's recommendation for an arterial network, recommendations for strengthening the organization, and changing concepts in a rapidly urbanizing state are also reviewed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Virginia Highway and Transportation Research Council

    Charlottesville, VA  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1973

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097493
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1975 12:00AM