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The New York Times
December 24, 1922

Costing $62,000 a mile, the paving of the short ideal section of the Lincoln Highway in Indiana, thirty-seven miles south of Chicago and adjoining the Illinois State line, has been completed. Much remains to be done before the section is ready for dedication as the most ideally designed and constructed link in the transcontinental road, but the forty-foot, reinforced concrete surfacing, ten inches thick, is finished.

The road will not be open for traffic until the completion of two bridges, which are expected to be finished in a short time. The completion of the pavement and the bridges does not by any means complete the ideal section. Much remains to be done, and early in the Spring the proper grading of the shoulders, the landscaping of the right of way and the installation of a gravel pathway for pedestrians will be undertaken under the supervision of Jens Jensen of Chicago, the association' landscape architect. The installation of the lighting system for night travel will also be delayed until Spring.

Leading engineers have expressed the belief that the forty-foot paving laid the ideal section of the Lincoln Highway will carry the traffic for which it was designed for an indefinite number of years without the slightest damage to the roadway.

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