Modern Marvels

Season 3 Episode 6

Paving America

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 05, 2005 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions