Biennial Report - Highway Commission

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Page 54 - Government or the state, or both, are going to build it, or at least help to build it on very favorable terms, and why should they spend any money on it for either construction or maintenance? We hold it a truism that the establishment of a preferred system of roads by any unit of government should carry with it the immediate maintenance of that system by the establishing unit. It cannot be over-emphasized that a state system of roads should not be laid out unless real state control of its maintenance...
Page 22 - rural post road" shall be construed to mean any public road over which the United States mails now are or may hereafter be transported...
Page 61 - In planning the maintenance of the state trunk highway system, the Commission decided at the outset to install a thorough system of patrol maintenance, supplemented in practically all counties by small gangs for reconstruction and heavy repair work.
Page 54 - The ordinary trail promoter has seemingly considered that plenty of wind and a few barrels of paint are all that is required to build and maintain a 2,000 mile trail.
Page 16 - Counties. The second is the State Aid plan, by which the cost is borne jointly by the State, the Counties, and the Towns, Villages and Cities in which the various improvements lie. The two plans, while differing in details, are similar and the improvements made, though distinct, are coordinated.
Page 17 - ... Aid among municipalities, previous bond issues must be considered, as hereafter explained. The location of all State Aid improvements, and the type, is determined by the County Board. The plans must be approved by the State Highway Commission and the work done subject to its supervision.
Page 19 - The maximum issue under this plan is fixed toy the constitutional limitation (five per cent (5%) of the county valuation) upon the counties to incur indebtedness. County bonds may be used directly to provide the county's share of federal aid or state aid construction, or, as is advisable, where the bond issue is large and the work done thereunder extensive, the amounts received by the county under the state aid law may be applied toward the payment of these bonds. All work done with county bonds...
Page 17 - ... proportion to their assessed valuation. The counties, in order to receive their allotments, must provide additional funds in the manner hereafter explained. All improvements with State Aid must be made on the County Systems of Prospective State Highways (which aggregates about 20,600 miles and includes the State Trunk Highway System) at points determined by the County Board. Not less than $3,000 can be appropriated for any single improvement, unless it can be entirely completed for a less amount....
Page 38 - It enabled tbe treated layer to be placed much more uniformly and without the formation of ruts, but the first layer of hay was of no special lasting benefit to the road. The method of applying the tar was not satisfactory. The running of a heavy oiler over the layer of hay formed large ruts in the sand beneath, which could not be removed. Owing to the draft of traffic the hills became bunched somewhat easier than the flats.
Page 18 - June 30, 1918, was $381,232.00. 4. After all payments due under 1, 2, and 3 have been made the remainder is appropriated for the maintenance of the State Trunk Highway System and apportioned to the counties in proportion to their mileage of roads on the State Trunk Highway System. The amount thus available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1918, was $l.008,339, which is $201.71 a mile of the State Trunk Highway System. A discussion of the details of the maintenance work is lound under the heading...

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