Unpaved road in rural Pennsylvania, circa 1910.
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Pinchot Road before the paving.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

One of the programs that John Tener championed as governor of Pennsylvania was the paving of rural roads. In 1911, Tener signed the Sproul Highway Bill, which gave the state responsibility over 9,000 public roads than counties and cities had previously maintained. Rebuffed by voters for a bond issue to fund the program, Tener then signed a bill designating that fees charged for automobile registrations and drivers licenses be used for funding.

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