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September 17, 2014
It spawned plenty of international intrigue and at least one political conspiracy theory ... Ernest Lloyd Janney was anything but a tourist when he journeyed from his native Canada to visit Marblehead, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1914. He visited that town on the northeastern Massachusetts coast that Friday on behalf of his country’s government for another purpose, and that was to make a purchase – and a historic one at that. Read More
AASHTO’s 66th annual meeting, which took place in November 1980, was noteworthy in several respects. It was the association’s only annual meeting to date to be held in Las Vegas. It also marked the inaugural annual meeting for the association’s new executive director, Francis B. Francois, who would remain in that position until 1999. That annual meeting also witnessed the first-ever election of a representative from Oklahoma, one of the association’s founding states in 1914, to lead the association. Read More
The following address, published in the October 1972 edition of American Highways, was given that same month by Ralph R. Bartelsmeyer at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of State Highway Officials (SASHO) in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Bartelsmeyer, a past AASHO president, had been appointed FHWA deputy administrator but was serving at the time of the SASHO address as the agency’s acting administrator.) In his address, Bartlesmeyer underscores the theme of change and the need to adapt to evolving new challenges that impact U.S. transportation. It is a theme that he had highlighted just the previous year when he began an address at the AASHO annual meeting in Miami Beach, Florida, with the following quote from Alfred Lord Tennyson, “The old order changeth, yielding place to the new.” The opportunities and obstacles that come with change have similarly been – and continue to be -- common themes throughout the history of the U.S. transportation community and in particular AASHTO. Read More
They are relics of a bygone era. Like black-and-white television, transistor radios, and rotary phones, they remind us of technology long since left behind. Yet in another time, they may well have been as critical to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) as the equipment used to build and maintain roads. Read More