July 10, 1914
The Medford-Central Point section of the Pacific highway will be open for general traffic August 9, thus giving the cement the requisite chance to set. Watchmen are employed to watch the highway, but it is impossible to guard every section. John A. Perl and George Hilton, who removed barricades and tore off a bridge, will be arrested, and County Attorney Kelly asserts that all violations will be vigorously prosecuted.
Engineer Kittredge has issued the following public statement:
"We wish to call the attention of the taxpayers in general to the fact that there are a few of their number who seem to disregard the county's good and our efforts to have a good pavement. These people are damaging the pavement by driving onto the concrete before it gets set. They have disregarded 'road closed' signs and removed barricades in order to get onto new pavement.
"We expect a section in front of Mr. Hanley's place to go to pieces under heavy and continued traffic, and lately two automobiles carrying taxpayers of Jackson County deliberately removed barricades near the Pacific & Eastern Railway company's crossing and drove across the pavement.
"We have endeavored to make the passing of local traffic as easy as possible, and, although our temporary roads have been disagreeable to pass over, nearly every resident along the Central Point to Medford section has been able to get in and out, either by his own effort or ours. With two exceptions all of the residents along the road have co-operated with us in an effort to make a good pavement and to keep off the pavement until the 'road closed' signs were removed, regardless of their personal opinions as to the hardness of the pavement, and for this we are very grateful.
"Many people who are not familiar with concrete when laid in a thin slab wonder at the length of time they are kept off the pavement when it looks so hard, and doubtless those who disregard orders do not realize that the concrete can be ruined just as effectually when the surface is hard, but new, as when it is soft. The only difference is that in the soft concrete a track is left on the surface, indicating the damage, while in the older concrete, which is hardened on top, the crack is made on the underside of the pavement and does not show on top, since the surface is in compression."