Modern Marvels

Season 3 Episode 6

Paving America

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 05, 2005 on The History Channel
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Paving America
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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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • 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.

    • 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

      • 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.

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