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SUPERHIGHWAY JOINS TWO BIG AMERICAN CITIES (Feb, 1933)

I’m not really sure I’d put Newark, NJ on a list of the nation’s greatest cities…

SUPERHIGHWAY JOINS TWO BIG AMERICAN CITIES

A thirteen-mile superhighway linking two of the nation’s greatest cities has just been opened between New York City and Newark, N. J. Starting at the New Jersey end of the Holland vehicular tunnel, its steel-and-concrete viaduct soars across rivers, marshes and crossroads to permit high-speed motor traffic.

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SINGSTAD -The Man From Down Under! (Jun, 1941)

SINGSTAD -The Man From Down Under!

by Richard H. Parke

ONE June night two years ago a fire was raging 85 feet beneath the surface of New York’s East River. The blaze was near the head of the boring of the then partially -completed $58,000,000 Queens Midtown Tunnel. Twenty-eight pounds of air pressure plus double the normal amount of oxygen had whipped the flames into a white heat.

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A ROAD TO MATCH TODAY’S CAR (Mar, 1941)

A ROAD TO MATCH TODAY’S CAR

EMBODYING the most modern principles of express highway design, the 160-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike connecting Pittsburgh and Harrisburg offers the motorist a route from the eastern seaboard to the west that is free from crossroads, stoplights and steep grades. As a consequence, it is America’s first highway on which full performance of today’s automobiles can be realized.

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Electro Magnets Clear Tacks Off Universal City Streets (Mar, 1930)

Or you could just sweep the streets…

Electro Magnets Clear Tacks Off Universal City Streets

ELECTRO magnets on a bar mounted on wheels and trailed after a car make the streets of Universal City, California, safe for motorists. The magnets pick up nails, tacks, pieces of wire, lost bolts and nuts and a wide variety of other metal objects which if left in the streets would cause punctures and other tire trouble. Frank Graves, electrical chief of the city, invented the puncture fighter.

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Great Sport, Fording a River by Auto (Oct, 1921)

Great Sport, Fording a River by Auto

WHILE the beautiful Cook County forest preserves that lie about Chicago are to be kept, in the main, in their natural condition, certain improvements are added yearly for the comfort and pleasure of the many thousands of city-weary guests who motor or “hike” to them every hot holiday. Among these recreation engineering features are two underwater bridges across the Des Plaines River above the town of the same name.

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Steel Rail at Center of Road Prevents Head-On Crash (Aug, 1938)

Steel Rail at Center of Road Prevents Head-On Crash

White center lines on the highway warn motorists to stay in their own lanes, but they don’t prevent a crash if someone ventures across the line at the wrong time. Real protection is now offered by a center-line guard rail of convex steel strips supported by spring-steel posts, sturdy and resilient enough to absorb the shock of impact and deflect the car back to its proper lane. This traffic divider occupies no more space than is taken by the double white line.

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New Road Paving Makes High Speed Safe (Sep, 1933)

Those future cars look kind of like Light Cycles from Tron.

New Road Paving Makes High Speed Safe
Superspeedways from coast to coast are visioned following the recent discovery in a Boston, Mass., pavement testing laboratory of a new type of non-skid, resilient asphalt paving. It will permit motor cars to travel at speeds up to 100 miles an hour, the laboratory’s engineers say. Walled-in traffic lanes, with block signals, would permit such speeds in safety. Hundreds of different kinds of pavement were tested, and Sir Malcolm Campbell, world’s speed king was consulted during the tests.

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Highway Will Span Two Continents (Aug, 1931)

Seems like the I-5, no?

Highway Will Span Two Continents

FROM the land of the midnight sun down the Pacific slope of two continents a 16,000-mile highway will stretch, linking Alaska with the Argentine.

Already the road has been surveyed on the ground and from the air from Central America to Fairbanks, Alaska. At the moment a party of five men are fighting Central American jungles, chopping their way down canyons and across mountains to Panama, mapping what will become the central portions of the long highway.

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2-Level Streets to SPEED TRAFFIC (Oct, 1931)

2-Level Streets to SPEED TRAFFIC

A DEFINITE step towards the relief of traffic congestion on much travelled city thoroughfares by the construction of streets under streets is soon to be taken by the city of New York. When this stupendous project has been brought to completion the metropolis will have an underground lane for fast through traffic, a tunnel for local and express trains, all built underneath the surface street, which will be left for local traffic.

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