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Initial duties of the State Highway Commission

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  • Authority over all matters pertaining to the expenditure of the state highway fund in improving public highways and bridges.
  • Employ, remove and fix salaries of engineers, experts, clerks and other temporary employees.
  • Assist and advise towns, villages and counties in the construction and maintenance of any highway or bridge.
  • Make suitable regulations for the adequate surveying, planning, constructing, maintaining and inspection of highways and bridges.
  • Conduct investigations, experiments, hold public meetings, and attend meetings or conventions in or outside the state.
  • Receive any gifts, appropriations and bequests made to the state for road purposes.
  • Apportion the state highway fund among counties.
  • Review prospective state highways selected by county boards, alter as necessary to help form continuous and direct routes.
  • When requested by a county board, supervise construction and maintenance of state aid highways and bridges.
  • Furnish lists of competent men experienced in road building to any county desiring to elect a county highway commissioner.
  • Authority to enter private lands for making surveys or inspections.
  • Prepare a biennial report of activities to the Governor and Legislature.

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Last modified: April 12, 2011

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