Modern Marvels

Paving America

Season 3, Ep 6, Aired 7/5/05
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  • Episode Description
  • The story of the construction of our grand national highway system, from its beginnings in 1912 (it was conceived by auto and headlight tycoons) to its completion in 1984 (when the last stoplight was removed--and buried).

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  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: It’s a transportation system unequaled by any other country in the world. 600,000 bridges, 400 tunnels, two million miles of roads. Now, Paving America, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (3)

    • Commentators: Dan McNichol Author, The Roads That Built America Larry Warner Project Director, T-REX Bill Murphy Project Manager, T-REX Mitch Call Plant Manager, T-REX Dave Ross Pavement Segment Manager, T-REX Tom Lewis Author, Divided Highways Buzz Powell, P.E. Test Track Manager, NCAT Blake Lockhart Trucking Coordinator, NCAT David Timm, PhD Civil Engineering, Auburn University Ernest Crosby, PhD Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington Brian Michalk Systems Analyst, Texas Department of Transportation David Newcomb VP, National Asphalt Pavement Association Mike Acott President, National Asphalt Pavement Association Matthew J. Amorello Chairman, Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Jim Murphy Superintendent, Operations Control Center

    • Executive Producer: Don Cambou Writer: W. Scott Goldie Producer: W. Scott Goldie Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis Editor: Robert Lattanzio Narrator: Max Raphael Music: Alan Ett Music Group Producer: Bruce Nash Creator: Bruce Nash Production Manager: Shelia Collins Post Producer: Tim Knauff Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core Director of Research: Allison Boon Production Controller: Dani Eslin Accountant: Sheridan Liu Accountant: Lisa Casella Accountant: Paulette Pantoja Researcher: Mikki Del Monico Researcher: Tom Barclay Researcher: Uldis Balodis Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell Coordinator: Brad Skiles Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi Camera: Tim Holland Camera: Chas Isenhart Camera: Lon Magdich Camera: Mark Morris Camera: Dave Pryke Camera: Bill Schaum Camera: Clint Whittemore Field Audio: Scott Jones Field Audio: Rob Maerz Field Audio: John Shiver Online Editor: Doug Nolan Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker Animation: Adam Diaz Animated Maps: Red Gypsy Animation Historical Consultant: Mike Acott Historical Consultant: Dan McNichol Historical Consultant: David Newcomb Historical Consultant: Richard F. Weingroff Special Thanks: American Road & Transportation Builders Association Margaret Blain Cervarich Concrete Pavement Association Bill Davenport Matthew Jeannerett Kansas Department of Transportation William Mallot Barbara and Dale Moody National Asphalt Pavement Association Oklahoma State Department of Transportation David Openshaw Alan Pisarski Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra Produced by Actuality Productions 2005

    • This is a different episode than the one made in 1995. They're produced by different people, and this was all confirmed by The History Channel.

    Trivia (3)

    • The longest transcontinental Interstate highway in America is I-90, which stretches a total of 3,087 miles from Seattle, Washington to Boston, Massachusetts.

    • In 1903, Dr. H. Nelson Jackson won a $50 bet when he and co-driver Sweall Crocker became the first to cross the U.S. in an automobile. The two month trip from San Fransisco to New York City cost Jackson an estimated $8000.

    • The word "turnpike" comes from the long wooden pole, or pike, that was used to block passage across a road. First used for defense, the pike later allowed for the collection of tolls.

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