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  • Street Improvements - Wilton ND
    A street development project in Wilton, North Dakota was undertaken during the Great Depression with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. Work occurred between December 1938 and August 1939. (PWA Docket No. ND X1248)
  • Street Improvements and Paving - Bartlesville OK
    Bartlesville, Oklahoma undertook multiple street improvement and paving projects during the Great Depression with the assistance of two federal Public Work Administration (PWA) grants. Construction occurred between 1938 and 1939. PWA Docket No. OK 1316, 1410.
  • Street Improvements and Paving - Bismarck ND
    Multiple street development and paving projects in Bismarck, North Dakota were undertaken during the Great Depression with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The PWA supplied a $38,250 grant for the project, whose total cost was $82,222. Work occurred between 1938 and 1939. (PWA Docket Nos. ND X1229, X1230)
  • Street Improvements and Paving - Hutchinson KS
    A street improvement project in Hutchinson, Kansas was undertaken during the Great Depression with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. (PWA Docket No. KS 1266) Furthermore, the Civil Works Administration (CWA) conducted numerous paving projects in Hutchinson from 1933 to 1934, including: Paving abandoned car track lanes from Fifth to 17th st.; Fifth from Washington to Monroe St.; Washington, from Fourth to Fifth St.; Ave. A from Poplar to Smith St.; Main, from 12th to 20th St. Paving two intersections into fair grounds.
  • Street Improvements and Storm Drains - Biloxi MS
    The city of Biloxi embarked on a city-wide street improvement program to surface streets and provide storm drains, funded by the Works Progress Administration between 1935 and 1937. WP-53, 2000 and 3483 for three street paving projects were completed. WP-53 and 2,000 expenditure was $72,753.50 federal and $18,938 sponsor contribution. WP-3843 was for $105,505 federal and sponsor $27,625. Work included grading and shelling, asphalt pavement, and concrete storm sewer installation .
  • Street Improvements: 12 Intersections - Oakland CA
    A project to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety at 12 intersections in the city of Oakland was undertaken with the assistance of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which provided relief labor for the job. State funds came from a 1/4 cent gas tax.  The improvements – called "traffic channelization" at the time – involved adding median strips, boulevard dividers, corner dividers, and so on.  Some of the work is still in place, but most of the intersections have been greatly altered or have even disappeared beneath freeways since the 1940s. Frank C. Myers and John G. Marr designed the projects and City...
  • Street Improvements: Moss Avenue - Oakland CA
    Federal funding (almost certainly from the Public Works Administration (PWA)) allowed for the grading and paving of Moss Avenue in Oakland in 1934. Most of Moss Avenue was later incorporated into MacArthur Boulevard, which provided upgraded access to the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, completed in 1936.
  • Street Lights - Bradenton FL
    A street light development project in Bradenton, Florida was undertaken with the assistance of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. Work occurred between December 1938 and May 1939. PWA Docket No. FL 1560.
  • Street Lights - Mott ND
    A street light project in Mott, North Dakota were undertaken in November 1934 with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. (PWA Docket No. ND 6892)
  • Street Lights - Rome NY
    A street light installation project in Rome, New York was undertaken during the Great Depression with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. Work occurred between March and October 1936. (PWA Docket No. NY 1058)
  • Street Lights - Wapato WA
    The extension of Wapato's street lighting system was a federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the late 1930s.
  • Street Parking - Bisbee AZ
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) built street parking in Bisbee. The City of Bisbee was built on an uneven topography made of canyon walls and floors. The WPA leveled and regraded the streets to build “benches” that accommodate parking. This work mitigated the city’s parking problem.
  • Street Paving - Aberdeen MS
    Public Works Administration project x1377 was approved for a grant of $33,750 on 9/17/1938. The total cost of improvements was approximately $75,000 and were reported to be "one of the most complete street paving system of any town its size in the state" (Street Paving, 1939, p. 3). The Trinidad Asphalt Corporation was the contractor. Construction began Dec. 8, 1938 and was completed Aug. 19, 1939.
  • Street Paving - Anchorage AK
    A sizable street paving project in Anchorage, Alaska was undertaken during the Great Depression with the assistance of federal Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) funds. The P.W.A. supplied a grant of $45,000 toward the project, whose total cost was $101,737. Work occurred between December 1938 and August 1939. The paving was probably done in the older part of town.
  • Street Paving - Auburn WA
    A WPA press release from Dec. 1937 states: "An Auburn street paving project begins this week, giving 175 men jobs for nine months with a W.P.A. allotment of $93.509."
  • Street Paving - Bisbee AZ
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) paved numerous streets in Bisbee, Arizona, from 1935 to 1938. According to the Official Bulletin of the Works Progress in Arizona Volume I, No. 5, May 1936, “A project of Works Progress Administration sponsored by the City of Bisbee and providing for the paving of nearly all unsurfaced city streets is estimated at 65% completed by project officials. Widening and other improvement work has been completed. Work has been completed on O.K. Street, Howell Avenue, Shearer, Dubacher Canyon, Temby Avenue, Quality Hill, High Road, Higgins Hill, Quarry Canyon, Mayor Street, Swimming Pool Road, Opera Drive, Roberts...
  • Street Paving - Butte MT
    The New Deal funded a large Street paving project in Butte, Montana in 1938 (possibly extending into 1939). More than 35 miles of streets, "representing virtually every important thoroughfare in Butte and its immediate vicinity," were  paved, representing the "largest street improvement undertaking in the history of Butte." (Big Timber Pioneer). The federal government provided approximately $2,500,000 for the project, a very large sum at the time. The money almost surely came through the Bureau of Public Roads (BPR) to the state highway department.  The Public Works Administration (PWA) may have contributed, as well.  Some 3,700 WPA workers were employed on the project,...
  • Street Paving - Chadbourn NC
    The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted road improvement and paving work in Chadbourn, North Carolina.
  • Street Paving - Cleveland TX
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted street paving work in Cleveland, Texas in 1935/6.
  • Street Paving - Denver CO
    The Civil Works Administration (CWA) worked to pave streets in Denver in 1934. Interestingly, as reported by The New York Times: "Many of the streets are paved with smelter slag. This slag was assayed recently and showed values running up to $1,100 a ton in gold and silver. City officials are investigating to determine whether such assays indicated general or isolated values. If the former it is possible the next CWA project here will be the prospecting of Denver streets."
  • Street Paving - Grove City PA
    The federal Civil Works Administration (CWA) paved streets in Grove City, Pennsylvania.
  • Street Paving - Jamestown ND
    Multiple street paving projects in Jamestown, North Dakota were undertaken during the Great Depression with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The PWA supplied a $21,429 grant for one project, whose total cost was $47,875. Work occurred between December 1937 and June 1938. Work for a second, smaller project was completed in 1939. (PWA Docket No. ND W1064, X1259)
  • Street Paving - Kewanee IL
    Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) workers conducted street paving work in Kewanee, Illinois.
  • Street Paving - Langdon ND
    A street paving project in Langdon, North Dakota was undertaken during the Great Depression with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The PWA supplied a $21,273 grant for the project, whose total cost was $54,688. Work occurred between November 1936 and July 1937. (PWA Docket No. ND W1002)
  • Street Paving - Liberty TX
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted street paving work in Liberty, Texas in 1935/6.
  • Street Paving - Luzerne PA
    "Mose’s injuries ... made most physical work impossible. But WPA found a position for him, carrying water to the WPA crews paving the dirt streets of Luzerne."
  • Street Paving - Monaca PA
    A street paving project was undertaken in Monaca as part of a New Deal project, sponsored by the Public Works Administration (PWA). The PWA provided a $37,948 grant for the project, whose total cost was $71,910. PWA Docket No. PA 1175
  • Street Paving - Palestine TX
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) paved streets on the south side of Palestine, Texas in the fall of 1940. Some of the streets paved were Angelina Street, Michaeux Avenue and Highland Avenue. The WPA used an iron ore base with an asphalt top.
  • Street Paving - Rugby ND
    A street paving project in Rugby, North Dakota was undertaken during the Great Depression with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The PWA supplied a $19,125 grant for the project, whose total cost was $39,288. Work occurred between September 1936 and August 1937. (PWA Docket No. ND W1104)
  • Street Paving - Scranton PA
    The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Public Works Administration (PWA) provided funding support for Scranton street paving projects. The Scranton Times-Tribune: "City Clerk William P. Huester announced on July 8, 1935, that he was prepared to distribute petitions to property owners who wished to participate in Scranton's proposed plan to pave streets. With the Great Depression gripping the country, the plan was part of the Federal Works Progress Administration. Through that agency, the federal government would pay 45 percent of the cost to pave city streets. The other 55 percent? That would be paid by property owners. The homeowner would not, Scranton Mayor...
  • Street Paving - Sheridan WY
    A substantial street paving project in Sheridan, Wyoming was undertaken as a federal Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) project during the Great Depression. PWA Docket No. WY 1001
  • Street Paving - South Amboy NJ
    South Amboy, New Jersey leveraged funds and labor provided by the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) to undertake the paving of nearly all the city's roads in 1936. Prior to this development, most of the community's roads were still unpaved.
  • Street Paving - Stillwater OK
    Stillwater, Oklahoma undertook multiple substantial street paving projects during the Great Depression with the assistance of two federal Public Work Administration (PWA) grants. Construction occurred between 1937 and 1939. PWA Docket No. OK 1130, 1388.
  • Street Paving - Tucson AZ
    Numerous large-scale street improvement and paving projects were undertaken in Tucson, Arizona during the Great Depression with the assistance of federal Public Work Administration (PWA) funds. The PWA supplied outright grants of more than $800,000 (not adjusted for inflation) for the work. PWA Docket Nos. AZ 1034, 1036, 1038, 1039, 1041, 1043, 1044, 1046, 1047, 1048, 1052, 1053, 1054, 1055
  • Street Paving - Tyler TX
    By 1923 only about five miles of Tyler's 130 miles of street were paved and most residential streets remained unpaved. A bond for street paving passed in 1925 by Tyler provided funding for continued street paving, some of it in south central residential areas. When Federal money became available in the 1930s, the City applied for grants to continue the paving efforts. Paving using both brick and asphalt was conducted by the Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Progress Works Administration (PWA) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the mid-to-late 1930s (City of Tyler Engineering Records). By 1942 about 20 miles...
  • Street Paving - Wahpeton ND
    A street paving project in Wahpeton, North Dakota was undertaken during the Great Depression with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The PWA supplied a $28,800 grant for the project, whose total cost was $63,387. Work occurred between November 1938 and Sepetmber 1939. (PWA Docket No. ND X1210)
  • Street Paving - Waveland MS
    A Depression-era street pavement project in Waveland, Mississippi was undertaken with a grant by the Public Works Administration (PWA). Opening bids were advertised for the $49,000 street paving project in Waveland following the approval of the PWA project 4408. The allotment was approved 2/1/1934 for a loan of $35,500 and grant for $14,375. The contract for 23,800 square yards of paving was awarded to Higgison for a bid of $45,823.75. Construction began 6/12/1934 and was completed 8/9/1934 for paving of Waveland avenue from Front street to Railroad avenue, Railroad avenue from Waveland to Coleman avenue, and Coleman avenue from Bourgeois street...
  • Street Paving - Wilkes-Barre PA
    "Thanks to WPA labor, many city streets were repaved after the iron streetcar tracks were torn up."
  • Street Paving - Wilmette IL
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) relayed the red vitrified brick street pavement at an unknown date on Crescent Place and Woodbine Avenue in Wilmette, Illinois. An embedded marker reads "Relayed by WPA."
  • Street Paving and Improvements - Chattanooga TN
    Multiple street paving and improvement projects in Chattanooga, Tennessee were undertaken with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. In one paving project, the PWA supplied a $25,261 grant toward the $58,846 eventual total cost of the project. Work occurred between March and June 1936. The PWA supplied a $98,994 grant for similar work undertaken soon after. (PWA Docket No. TN 1159, 1160)
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