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Material for this article is drawn from the two-volume work, North Carolina Roads and Their Builders, by Waynick and Harden, and covers the commission's history from the Craig Administration, 1915-1917, to the Holshouser Administration, 1973.
In this continuing series of articles on the various departments of North Carolina state government, Sadler discusses the history of the State Highway Commission. E.B. Jeffress has headed the commission for the last two and a half years.
The State Highway Commission was authorized in 1915 and in 1921 financed all bridge construction within the state. Prior to this state level organization cities and counties had to construct bridges. Mr. Wm. L. Craven, hired in 1916, remained one of the head bridge engineers for the department.
The headquarters for North Carolina State Highway and Public Works Commission is now located in a modern office space in Raleigh. The five-story headquarters has offices for the various departments of the large road agency.