Roads, Streets and Bridges
The ERA joined with the state Highway Department to provide jobs while improving the state's infrastructure. These cooperative projects included widening of city streets, straightening, grading and paving of rural roads, construction of sidewalks and construction and repair of bridges. Road projects proved to be especially valuable in the western part of the state where road travel was sometimes possible only during the best of weather. Rural schools in the state benefited from the extension of school bus routes. New sidewalks in cities and towns helped improved the look of streets and helped to reduce dust and mud.
List of Images:
- WPA project sign announcing the widening of Highway 421.
- Improving a road in Watauga County, c.1934.
- Finished road beside the Salem Reservoir in 1935
- Men working on street improvement.
- Bridge built on the Queen River in Onslow County.
- Bridge constructed near Fairmont in 1939.
- Start of street construction in Spindale in 1939
- Application for project to improve Biltmore Avenue
- Biltmore Avenue in Asheville before widening the street, pre 1934
- Biltmore Avenue in Asheville during street widening, 1934