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The first phase of the Department of Secondary Roads was presented to the North Carolina State Highway Commission. The phase dealt with unpaved rural secondary roads carrying more than 50 vehicles per day, finding over 9,300 miles of these secondary roads in the state. Paving these roads is estimated to cost over $129 million.
The North Carolina State Highway hard-surfaced over 4,000 county roads throughout the state in 1951. This was 82 percent of the 12,000 mile goal set by the Governor in 1949.