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Rhode Island. State Board of Public Roads (1902-1935)

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1902-1935

Historical Note

Public Law 1902, chapter 982, established a State Board of Public Roads and directed the state’s governor to appoint a commissioner, an appointment that required the consent of the senate. The Board’s main purpose was to undertake work for the development of a state highway system by making recommendations to the General Assembly for" relocating, re-grading, or improving the main highways of the state..." The Board was directed to present a comprehensive plan and report to the General Assembly by 1903. The board was also responsible for producing maps and plans showing the proposed locations and grades and proposed improvement, as well as the cost of the work. Once the General Assembly approved the plan, the board was authorized to appropriate funds for the work. The General Assembly also required that surveys and plats be produced for various types of construction and improvement work. In 1912, shortly after a court case that involved jurisdiction over maintenance and repair of bridges situated along state highways, ( McCommiskey vs Green, Rhode Island Reports, vol. 32, 1911), the Board established a division of bridges, which was responsible for the supervision of those state bridges "lying in any highway or highways which have been done by the state under the supervision of the board..." (PL 1912, ch. 846.) The functions of the Board of Public Roads were transferred in 1935 to the Division of Roads and Bridges within the newly created Department of Public Works.

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Legislation and Rules Relating to the Operation of Motor Vehicles

 Item — Folder: 6. Legislation and Rules Relating to the Operation of Motor Vehicles, 1912
Identifier: 1993-32-1992-36-798

State Board of Public Roads annual report

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1636-988

State Board of Public Roads bridge plans and drawings

 Series — Folder: Folders 1-3
Identifier: 1998-146
Overview The State Board of Public Roads bridge plans and drawings consist primarily of drawings created by the Bridge Department of the State Board of Public Roads (now RIDOT). The bulk of the collection was created under the supervision of Clarence L. Hussey, Bridge Engineer and State Engineer of Rhode Island from 1912-1925.
Dates: 1911-1938; Majority of material found within 1917-1938

State Board of Public Roads minutes of meetings

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#00319
Scope and Contents This series consists of the minutes of meetings of the Board of Public Roads.
Dates: 1902-1931

State Board of Public Roads Motor Vehicle Licenses cash book

 Item — Volume: State Board of Public Roads Motor Vehicle Licenses cash book, 1908
Identifier: C#00320
Overview The State Board of Public Roads Motor Vehicle Licenses cash books record money received for motor vehicles licenses and include the date of payment, name of payee, registration number, fee paid, and the total cash received.
Dates: June 15, 1908-December 31, 1908

State Board of Public Roads Operator's Licenses register

 Item — Volume: State Board of Public Roads Operator's Licenses register, undated
Identifier: C#00321
Overview The State Board of Public Roads Operator's Licenses register records the names of those persons licensed to operate motor and includes the name of licensee, registration number, fee. vehicles
Dates: undated

State Board of Public Roads/Department of Public Works negatives and photographs, c. 1913-1968

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#01851
Scope and Contents From the Series: This series contains photographs, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks created by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. The include photographs documenting the hurricane that struck Rhode Island in 1938 and the blizzard that struck Rhode Island in 1978. The images show the effects of these storms on various municipalities throughout the state. In addition, there are photographs showing the various Transportation projects throughout the state.
Dates: c. 1913-1968

Transportation photographs, newspapers and scrapbooks

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#00637-C#01851-2001-19-2004-62
Overview This series contains photographs, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks created by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.
Dates: c. 1912-1980; Majority of material found within c. 1940-1960