Records Relating to State Board of Public Roads | State Archives Catalog
Public Law 1902, chapter 982, established a State Board of Public Roads and directed the state’s governor to appoint a commissioner, an appointment that required the consent of the senate. The Board’s main purpose was to undertake work for the development of a state highway system by making recommendations to the General Assembly for" relocating, re-grading, or improving the main highways of the state..." The Board was directed to present a comprehensive plan and report to the General Assembly by 1903. The board was also responsible for producing maps and plans showing the proposed locations and grades and proposed improvement, as well as the cost of the work. Once the General Assembly approved the plan, the board was authorized to appropriate funds for the work. The General Assembly also required that surveys and plats be produced for various types of construction and improvement work. In 1912, shortly after a court case that involved jurisdiction over maintenance and repair of bridges situated along state highways, ( McCommiskey vs Green, Rhode Island Reports, vol. 32, 1911), the Board established a division of bridges, which was responsible for the supervision of those state bridges "lying in any highway or highways which have been done by the state under the supervision of the board..." (PL 1912, ch. 846.) The functions of the Board of Public Roads were transferred in 1935 to the Division of Roads and Bridges within the newly created Department of Public Works.
Records filed under "State Board of Public Roads"
30 30.04 1636-1550 Location and Basic Design Report on Upgrading of Segments of Interstate Route 95 - Second Stage, 1965
30 30.04 1636-1551 Location Study and Design Report, Rhode Island Route and Expressway, Rhode Island - Connecticut Boarder at US Route 6, 1962
30 30.04 1636-1552 Location Study and Design: Rhode Island Route 6 Expressway, Rhode Island - Connecticut at U.S. Route 6 to North Scituate, Rhode Island, 1962
30 30.04 1636-1553 Location Study Report, South County Expressway: Wyoming Interchange to Boston Neck Road, Washington County, Rhode Island, 1962
30 30.04 1636-1554 Location Study Report: Southern Rhode Island Throughway (South County Expressway): Wyoming Interchange to Boston Neck Road, 1962
30 30.04 1636-1593 Preliminary Studies and Recommendation for the Location of an Expressway through the Providence-Pawtucket Metropolitan Area, 1947
30 30.04 1636-1631 Report of a Preliminary Traffic Analysis of a Suggested Upper Narragansett Bay Crossing, 1946
30 30.04 1636-1632 Report of Location and Feasibility Study for Rhode Island East-West Toll Road: Foster to Pawtucket, 1960
30 30.04 1636-1715 Rhode Island State-Wide Traffic Study, 1965
30 30.04 1636-1772 State Board of Public Roads bridge plans and drawings, 1911-1938
30 30.04 1927-1935 State Board of Public Roads bridge lantern slides, c. 1927-1935
30 30.04 C#00319 State Board of Public Roads minutes of meetings, 1902-1931