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ITE Presidents -1940s

Federal Aid Highway Act - January 1, 1944
The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1944 approved the 40,000-mile (64,000-kilometer) National
System of Interstate Highways, establishing a federal-aid secondary system of principal secondary and feeder roads.

D. Grant Mickle
1941-1943

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Hawley S. Simpson
1939-1941

Traffic on the West Side Highway, New York City, NY, USA.

Post-World War II: Urban Expansion
According to ITE's Pioneers of Transportation: the end of the war led to the "suburban explosion"
of the nation, with returning servicemen starting new families. "The need for new housing
created whole new cities. Shopping centers and new business sprung up to serve the needs
of the automobile-oriented suburban population."3 itej

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Harold F. Hammond
1943-1945

Thomas J. Seburn
1945-1947

Aerial view of suburban housing developments sprawling from Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Robert A. Mitchell
1947-1949

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1) The history of transportation in the United States was compiled with assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation's History
of Transportation webpage, https://www.transportation.gov/50/timeline. 2) Snyder, Jess. "No new cars, but that didn't stop U.S. automakers, dealers during WWII," Auto News, October 31, 2011. https://www.autonews.com/article/20111031/CHEVY100/310319970/
no-new-cars-but-that-didn-t-stop-u-s-automakers-dealers-during-wwii. (Accessed February 3, 2020) 3) Robinson, Carlton C.;
Goodman, Leon; Brahms, Thomas W.; Pline, James C.; Dondaville, Laurence A.; Pisarski, Alan E. Pioneers of Transportation, February 1,
2011, Institute of Transportation Engineers. [Accessed February 3, 2020] https://www.ite.org/pub/?id=5AFE0861-FEF3-C067-77A822F9A311AF16. 4) Information on the history of the MUTCD was gathered from ITE Journal articles written by H. Gene Hawkins, Ph.D.,
P.E. (F) between 1991-1994. He maintains a website on the history of the MUTCD. For more information visit https://ceprofs.civil.tamu.
edu/ghawkins/MUTCD-History.htm.


https://www.transportation.gov/50/timeline https://www.autonews.com/article/20111031/CHEVY100/310319970/no-new-cars-but-that-didn-t-stop-u-s-automakers-dealers-during-wwii https://www.autonews.com/article/20111031/CHEVY100/310319970/no-new-cars-but-that-didn-t-stop-u-s-automakers-dealers-during-wwii https://www.ite.org/pub/?id=5AFE0861-FEF3-C067-77A8-22F9A311AF16 https://www.ite.org/pub/?id=5AFE0861-FEF3-C067-77A8-22F9A311AF16 https://ceprofs.civil.tamu.edu/ghawkins/MUTCD-History.htm https://ceprofs.civil.tamu.edu/ghawkins/MUTCD-History.htm

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