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  • September 11, 1913

  • No time will be lost in starting work on the Pacific Highway, states Judge Tou Velle.
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  • No time will be lost in starting work on the Pacific Highway, states Judge Tou Velle.
    The road law authorizes the issuance of five percent county warrants and it's probable that the work will be carried on by warrants until the formalities necessitated by the bond issue are completed, the warrants then being taken up by the proceeds of the bonds.
    Assistant State Highway Engineer Kittridge, who with Engineer J.S. Howard has been surveying the new road over the Siskiyous, came to Medford today.
    The survey has been turned over to the state highway commission, which at its last meeting adopted a resolution reimbursing Jackson County for the cost of preliminary surveys and assuming cost of all engineering work, thus allowing stat cooperation with the county.
    Engineer Kittridge states the route selected will make one of the most picturesque highways in the world.
    The road runs along th skyline at the summit of the Siskiyous for over two miles, with the Rogue River Valley in view far below on one side and the California valleys stretching in the distance on the other, a surpassing panorama of mountain scenery.
    No curve on the line has less than a 150-foot radius, and only one such curve.
    The line is free from forest, and snow will not accumulate as in the present toll road.
    The grade will be 24 feet wide, with 16 feet paved.
    Surveys will be completed within a week so that bids can be called for construction work.
    A weekly newspaper, "The Forum," published in Tacoma, Wash., contains a three-column cut of John A. Westerlund of Medford, picking apples from a young tree in the Monitor orchard three miles east of Medford, and underneath the picture is the legend, "A typical orchard scene at this season, seen most any day on a trip through the beautiful Puyallup Valley."Evidently is following the example set by California and is swiping Medford and the Rogue River Valley pictures and labeling them for their respective localities.
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