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Mail Tribune 100, March 28, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

March 28, 1919

LET CONTRACTS FOR PACIFIC HIGHWAY EARLY IN APRIL

County Judge Gardner, County Commissioners Owen and Owens and W. H. Gore, who was chairman of the house good roads committee in the recent legislature, arrived home this forenoon from Portland quite well pleased with their conferences with the state highway commission and government forestry and post road officials, and with utmost confidence that government and state aid will be forthcoming for the construction of a highway between Medford and Eagle Point, and another highway from Jacksonville to the Blue Ledge mine.

The visit of the Jackson county delegation was prolific in good omens for the speedy construction of the Pacific highway work in the county already planned and for the proposed new highways.

One of the main purposes of the visit was to take up again with the state highway commission the new highway construction work already approved by the commission in the absence form the state of Simon Benson the chairman of that body. With Mr. Benson present and giving his unqualified endorsement the commission reaffirmed its decision on Jackson county work.

Then the commission announced that it would let the contract for the construction of the new highway section between Central Point and the Gold Hill bridge on April 15, and that as soon as the weather permitted the work of paving the highway over the Siskiyous would be commenced. Bids for grading and paving of the highway between Ashland and the foot of the Siskiyous would soon be called for, it was announced, and further that soon would be issued a call for proposals for grading construction of the highway between Ashland and Klamath Falls over Green Spring mountain, and that the Jenny creek section, which is the hardest part of this road, will be undertaken first and would be completed this year.

The Jackson county men then put to the state highway commission and Engineer L. I. Hewes of the forestry service, in informal conferences the two proposals for seeking state and government aid in constructing the proposed Eagle Point and Blue Ledge roads as post roads. The proposal for the Medford to Eagle Point road was for a 16-foot highway with two feet on the outside of macadam, the county to pay 25 percent of the cost, the state 25 percent and the government 50 percent.

The Blue Ledge highway proposal of which the cost is estimated at $54,000, provided for the sharing the cost of construction between county, state and government on the same basis as the Eagle Point road.

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