THE LOS ANGELES QUAKE: PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS

The Northridge, California earthquake posed one of the greatest challenges to the California Department of Transportation in its nearly 100-year history. It's also proving to be one of their greatest triumphs, testing the mettle and ingenuity of its employees in ways no one could have possibly foreseen. In an era of shrinking government budgets and eroding confidence in the public sector, it's very satisfying to see this agency come through for the citizens of California when they need them the most. Technically, the story begins on April 11, 1895, when three commissioners were appointed as a California Bureau of Highways, the third such entity in the nation. It later grew to become the Department of Public Works, Division of Highways. The California Department of Transportation, popularly known as Caltrans, was established by the state Legislature in 1972. The department today is primarily responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the state highway system.

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  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 225-234
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00675680
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 15 1995 12:00AM