November 15, 1932 A major milestone for a pioneering highway in northern Virginia with took place with the inaugural ceremony for the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, which had been built by the Bureau of Public Roads of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to commemorate the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. The new route, stretching from... Continue Reading →

October 31, 1929 The Louisville Municipal Bridge, spanning a section of the Ohio River between the cities of Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville, Indiana, was formally opened. Those attending the dedication ceremony for the four-lane cantilevered truss bridge included public officials from both of those states and also what one newspaper account characterized as “hundreds of onlookers.” ... Continue Reading →

October 3, 1970 In Wyoming, a 77-mile (123.9-kilometer) segment of Interstate 80 between the city of Laramie and community of Walcott Junction was officially opened to traffic. This section remains the longest stretch of the Interstate Highway System to make its debut at one time without any portion of the entire length previously opened. The... Continue Reading →

August 29, 1939 A little over eight years after building the road had begun, construction of the 105-mile (169-kilometer) Skyline Drive in Virginia came to an end with the completion of the section between Sweet Run Gap and Rockfish Gap. This road runs the entire length of the National Park Service’s Shenandoah National Park in the... Continue Reading →

July 29, 1959 A pioneering public bus line in Nepal was inaugurated. This line was part of the operations of Nepal Transport Service. This company had started out only four months earlier as a trucking company that, via the Tribhuvan Highway, hauled cargo for a distance of 118.1 miles (190 kilometers) in each direction between... Continue Reading →

July 25, 1916 The North and South State Highway Association of Idaho was founded to help promote a 500-mile (804.7-kilometer) route more directly linking the northern and southern regions of the state. The launch of that association took place during a decade heavily characterized by an ever-increasing interest and involvement in building and maintaining roads... Continue Reading →

April 7, 1973 In the Philippines, construction began on the Roman Superhighway in the province of Bataan on the island of Luzon. This highway was named after Pablo Roman, Sr., who had served as one of that region's members of the House of Representatives of the Philippines. The Roman Superhighway was completed and opened in... Continue Reading →

February 11, 1987 Construction started on a tunnels system in the Shing Mun area within the section of Hong Kong known as the New Territories. This project was completed about three years later. The Shing Mun Tunnels were formally opened on April 19, 1990, by David Wilson, who served as the representative of the British... Continue Reading →

January 25, 2009 The pioneering Northern Gateway Toll Road in the Auckland Region of New Zealand’s North Island was opened to traffic. The route, which encompasses 4.4 miles (seven kilometers) between the town of Orewa and the settlement of Puhoi, is a segment of the Auckland Northern Motorway. This motorway, now measuring 24 miles (38... Continue Reading →

December 22, 1937 The Lincoln Tunnel, which serves as a link between Weehawken, New Jersey, and New York City’s Midtown Manhattan, was officially opened to traffic with the debut of its first tube.  “Engineering Marvel Dedicated,” proclaimed a headline in the Pennsylvania-based Indiana Evening Gazette.  This structure and the Holland Tunnel (in operation since 1927)... Continue Reading →

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