Public Papers and Letters of Oliver Max Gardner: Governor of North Carolina, 1929-1933

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Assembly and largely used by the counties for debt service.

On July 1 the county commissioners and highway commissioners of the 100 counties, or a total of more than 500 men, will turn over to a commission of seven men composing the State Highway Commission the combined responsibilities of their duties.

The State Highway Department is already organized for completing the transfer of the 45,000 miles of county roads and the 4,000 county prisoners. In fact, since before the adjourning of the Legislature the entire organization of the Highway Department has centered its thought on the working out of plans for taking over county roads July 1. The commission has laid out and organized the State into districts, and districts into sub-districts. Every mile of road is charged to someone in the state organization. That is to say, every mile of road in every county has a maintenance supervisor responsible to an engineer, in turn responsible to a district engineer, in turn responsible to the State Highway Department, in turn responsible to the State Highway Commission. And there is, in fact, in the entire 45,000 miles, less likelihood of any particular road getting lost in the shuffle, and receiving inadequate attention from the maintenance forces, than would have been the case under local responsibility for maintenance.

Of course the Highway Department and the administration realize that the present organization has of necessity been hastily created and has actually been thrown together within a period of thirty days and that there will be many changes and adjustments to work out before the organization can reach the maximum of efficiency. I feel, however, that it is a remarkable demonstration of organization and drive that so much has been done in such a short time. Under the intense leadership of Chairman Jeffress and Chief

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