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Rhode Island Highway Association records

 Collection — Box: Rhode Island Highway Association minutes and photographs, 1935-1977
Identifier: 2018-21

Content Description

This series of records contains meeting minutes with a small number of photographs.


  • Majority of material found in 1935-1977

Biographical / Historical

The Rhode Island Highway Association, organized in 1923, was created for the purpose to foster and to promote and interest in the highway development of the state , to disseminate information along highway engineering lines, to aid in the securing the passage of needed highway legislation and to organize the various highway forces through the State so as to secure a coordinated and well developed highway system in the various towns and counties of the state (Constitution, 1957). Meetings of the association were held annually around April 1st.

The Department of Transportation is responsible for the implementation of both short and long-term transportation improvements for the State of Rhode Island. Included in this effort is the maintenance of over 1,300 miles of roadways, 750 bridges and over 800 traffic signalization systems. The

The Department of Public Works was created in 1935 as part of a major state government reorganization (Public Law 1935 chapter 2250, section 60) and enshrined in the Chapter 5, Section 38 of the 1938 Rhode Island General Laws. Under this law, the department's director was given "supervision over all contracts for public works, the construction, reconstruction and maintenance and repairs of public works."

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..."


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