Delaware utilized substantial federal resources in developing and improving its road network during the Great Depression. Among the dozens of projects undertaken by the federal Civil Works Administration (C.W.A.) during 1934 was construction on (including the grading and paving of) what is now U.S. 40, between the Maryland border and Glasgow, Delaware, and east to Bear. The highway was then a state route.
An average of 1,410 were put to work each week during 1934 as a result of the CWA’s road, sidewalk, bridge, and other related infrastructure efforts in Delaware.
Annual Report of the Chief Engineer State Highway Department, 1934 (pg. 43-53): https://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/annual_reports/pdf/1934/annual_1934_chief.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_40_in_Delaware
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on June 5, 2016.
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