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Public Works, Department of[Record group 85-3]
Bureau of Highways
- The Bureau of Highways had the charge of grading, curbing, paving, repaving, and repairing of highways of the city, and repairing sewers and bridges.
- Agency History
- City Councils established a Department of Highways, Bridges, Sewers and Cleansing in an ordinance approved on 29 August 1854. This department was reorganized under a new ordinance approved on 23 December 1874 as the Department of Highways, Bridges & Sewers. Under the provisions of the Bullitt Bill of 1885, the Department of Highways became the Bureau of Highways as part of the newly-created Department of Public Works beginning in 1887. In 1937, the bureaus of Highways and Street Cleaning were merged into a single bureau and Highways became a division within this consolidated Bureau. On 1 January 1950, the two divisions were reconstituted as separate bureaus. Highways became a division of the newly-created Department of Streets under the provisions of the 1951 Home Rule Charter.
- Archival Records
- 85-3.1 Annual Reports (1889, 1912, 1914, 1916-1921, 1923, 1948, 1951)
85-3.2 Maps, Types of City Paving (1915)
85-3.3 Proposals and Specifications for Benjamin Franklin Parkway (1915)
85-3.4 Drawings & Blueprints (1917, 1938-1940)
85-3.5 License Cards for Passenger Railway and Motor Traction Companies (1897, 1906)
85-3.6 3rd Highway District. Paving Record (1 January 1920)
85-3.7 3rd Highway District. Map, Types of Street Paving (ca. 1933)
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