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Ashland Tidings
September 15, 1913

State Assumes Engineering Expenses of New Road Over Sisykiyous-View to Be Superb.

Medford, Sept. 15.-No time will be lost in starting work on the Pacific Highway, states Judge Tou Velle. The road law authorizes the issuance of 5 per cent county warrants and it is probable that the work will be carried on by warrants until the formalities necessitated by the bond issue are completed, the warrants then being taken up by the proceeds of the bonds.

Assistant State Highway Engineer Kittridge, who with Engineer J. S. Howard has been surveying the new road over the Siskiyous, came to Medford Thursday. The survey has been turned over to the state highway commission, which at its last meeting adopted a resolution reimbursing Jackson county for the cost of the preliminary surveys and assuming cost of all engineering work, thus showing state co-operation with the county.

Engineer Kittridge states the route selected will take one of the most picturesque highways in the world. The road runs along the skyline at the summit of the Siskiyous for over two miles, with the Rogue River Vally in view far below on one side and the California valleys stretching in the distance on the other, a surpassing panorama of mountain scenery.

No curve on the line has less than 150 foot radius, and only one such curve. The line is free from forest, and snow will not accumulate as in the present toll road. The grade will be 24 feet wide, with 16 feet paved.

Surveys will be completed with a week so that bids can be called for construction work.

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