Online Catalogue last updated 11th of September 2014
This is the third book in a series of State by State historical photo essays of road building construction equipment at work. This book is split between the construction of the original 129 mile long Connecticut Turnpike and various highway construction projects taking place circa 1935 to 1970. This includes the Wilbur Cross Parkway, original Interstate Highway segments as well as other Primary and Secondary projects. Connecticut is geographically located between the major metropolitan centers of New York City and Boston. Efforts were begun to deal with traffic on the Old Boston Post Road (U. S. Route 1) as far back as the 1920's by widening sections in CT to four lanes-undivided. The Merritt Parkway and Wilbur Cross Parkway were built in the 1930's. The Parkways helped, but because their use was limited to autos, they did nothing to alleviate the heavy volume of truck traffic that existed in this corridor. Planning for the Connecticut Turnpike thus began in 1950 with construction taking place between 1956 and 1958. The project drew much National attention with industry awareness that the equipment and techniques utilized would be employed during construction of the impending Interstate Highway System. Connecticut was home to many large road building firms at the time, i.e. The Lane Construction Corporation, L. G. Defelice, and Savin. The mega project also attracted many out-of-state contractors from New England, New York, and New Jersey.
252 b&w photographs, plus location maps
Code No. 016745, 152 pages, ISBN 9780578118642, $50.00