Highway History: Modern Turnpike Era Recounted

by Charles M. Noble, (F.ASCE), Consultant; Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 2, Pg. 73-76

Document Type: Feature article


Early history of the development of revenue bond financing of transportation projects is outlined including advances in engineering technique and policies. The origins of the original 160-mile Pennsylvania Turnnpike from Middlesex (near Harrisburg) to Irwin (near Pittsburgh) on 3% grades is reported. The method of financing, the pace of construction and novel techniques and design innovations are reviewed. The history of the New Jersey Turnpike is also recounted, including financing, design and construction details.

Subject Headings: Highways and roads | Financing | Construction methods | Revenues | Transportation engineering | Engineering history | Innovation | Civil engineering landmarks | United States | Pennsylvania | Pittsburgh | New Jersey

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