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Mr. WIGGLESWORTH. I thought we had consolidated all of that.
Mr. REYNOLDS. That is only in the District.
Mr. WIGGLESWOLTH. This applies outside the District ?
Mr. REYNOLDS. Outside.

Mr. GUTHRIDGE. There are some in the District, some corporations, that get rent money.

Mr. WIGGLESWORTH. Government corporations?
Mr. GUTHRIDGE. Yes, sir.

NEW LANGUAGE Mr. WIGGLESWORTH. There is some new language on page 127, as follows:

In the prosecution of construction projects or planning programs assigned to the Public Buildings Administration for which funds are provided by direct appropriation or transferred under authority contained in section 35 of the Act of June 15, 19.8 (40 U. S. C. 265), an amount administratively determined as necessary for the payment of salaries and expenses of personnel engaged upon the preparation of plans and specifications, field supervision, and general office expense, may be transferred and consolidated on the books of the Treasury Department into a special account for direct expenditure in the prosecution of said work, such expenditures to be subsequently allocated and reported upon by projects in accordance with procedures prescribed by the General Accounting Office.

Will you explain that new language?

Mr. REYNOLDS. That is the special account. This was arrived at after discussions first with the Bureau of the Budget and then with the General Accounting Office, and an exchange of letters, in order to set up an accounting procedure. It serves two purposes. One, it clarifies the operations in our office, and, secondly, it more clearly defines the application of funds for specific projects. It is something that we have been struggling with the General Accounting Office over for a long while, and finally, a year ago, this was decided upon as a modus operandi for handling accounts.

ACTIVITIES IN CONNECTION WITH CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSING FOR PERSONNEL

Mr. DIRKSEN. Would you say a word about the housing situation in Washington insofar as it relates to your agency? Are you still identified in any way whatsoever with the Lanham Act funds as they relate to personnel housing?

Mr. REYNOLDS. We have nothing to do with it any more, except that we are building for the National Housing agencies some dormitories in and near the District of Columbia.

Mr. DIRKSEN. What is the progress of that work?

Mr. REYNOLDS. It has been retarded on account of the difficulty in getting materials, and also labor; and the number of rooms has been cut at the present time from what was originally contemplated. The remainder are held in abeyance to see how the homes open up under the revised legislation with respect to District of Columbia housing.

Mr. WOODRUM. If there is nothing further, Mr. Reynolds, thank you.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 1943.

PUBLIC ROADS ADMINISTRATION

STATEMENT OF THOMAS H. MacDONALD, COMMISSIONER

GENERAL STATEMENT

Mr. WOODRUM. We will take up the Public Roads Administration." Mr. MacDonald, do you have a general statement you wish to make ?

Mr. MacDonald. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the committee, I have a summary statement, which includes all of the tables which we normally place in the record at this time, and I should like to comment briefly on certain phases of the matters which are of import to the committee.

Mr. WOODRUM. The statement may go into the record and we will be glad to have your comments.

(The statement is as follows:)

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GENERAL STATEMENT COVERING THE WAR HIGHWAY WORK OF THE PUBLIC Roads

ADMINISTRATION, INCLUDING TABULATIONS SHOWING ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITH
THE REGULAR FEDERAL-AID AND GRADE CROSSING FUNDS AND SPECIAL DEFENSE
BioHWAY FUNDS
During the past 2 years

ames of the Public Roads Administration have been shifted so that practically the entire personnel of the organization is now engaged in work contributing directly to the war effort. The Defense Highway Act of 1941 (Public, 295, 77th Cong.), as amended by the act approved July 2, 1942 (Public, 646, 77th Cong.), made especial funds available for access roads to military and naval reservations, to defense industries and defense-industry sites, and to the sources of raw materials. It also provided funds for the re

moval of critical deficiencies in the strategic network and authorized the use of nie the regular Federal-aid and grade-crossing funds on defense highway projects

on the strategic network with an increased Federal participation in the cost. The following tables and brief explanatory statements show the accomplishments with funds under the control of the Public Roads Administration. They include the work accomplished during the fiscal year 1942 with the regular funds.

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PROGRAM RESTRICTED TO PROJECTS CERTIFIED AS ESSENTIAL TO THE W'R EFFORT

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On December 2, 1941, all projects in the approved program stage were canceled and since that date the approval of projects for construction by the Public Roads Administration has been restricted to those essential to the national defense as certified by an appropriate Federal defense agency. Although certification of projects was not required previous to this date, the major portion of the active Federal-aid construction program consisted of projects on the "strategic network of bighways" which, as used in the Defense Highway Act of 1911, means all existing or proposed highways which conform to routes designated on the map of principal highway traffic routes of military importance approved by the Secretary of War.

SHIFT OF PROGRAM

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The shift in the program to defense highway projects began in the calendar Fear 1940. The following tabulation shows the Federal funds obligated and the total cost of new projects approved for construction during the calendar years 1940. 1941. and 1942. In 1940 $9 000,000 out of a total cost of $338.090,000 was for defense highway projects. In 1941, with a somewhat smaller total cost of $305 000,000, $150,000,000 was devoted to defense highway projects. In the calendar year 1942 the total cost of new work approved increased to $399.000.000 and the shift to war projects was practically complete, although a small amount

of new work, required largely to preserve previous investments in preliminary improvements, was carried on. This amounted to only about a million dollars out of the $399,000,000 total. The details of the new projects approved by calendar years and by funds are shown in the following tabulation.

ACCESS ROADS

The major activity during the calendar year 1942 grew out of the initiation and development of the access road program with the special access road funds authorized in section 6 of the Defense Highway Act of 1941 approved November 19, 1941. Before these special funds became available the access road program had been financed with Federal-aid and State funds. As of December 31, 1942, projects for engineering on 1,958 miles and construction of 632 miles of access roads, involving a total cost of $14,223,159, and regular Federal-aid funds of $26,362,117 had been approved. The special access road funds greatly accelerated this important program and during the calendar year 1942 the Public Roads Administration investigated and reported on 5,660 miles of which 5,359 miles had been certified by the end of the rear.

Shift to war projects/Total cost and Federal fundsNew projects approved in

calendar years 1940, 1941, and 1942

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The detail by States showing Federal-aid and State funds and miles of access roads financed under the regular Federal-aid plan and the access road program financed with the special access road funds are shown by States in the following two tables.

Defense access projects financed with regular funds approved for construction

as of Dec. 31, 1942

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Alabama
Arizons.
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut.
Delaware
Florida
Georgia.
Idaho.
Thinois
Indiana
Jows
Kansas
Kertucky
Luisiana
Maine
Marrland
Maxachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi.
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nerada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico.
Sex York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee..
Tengs
Utah
Vpp moont.
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Hawaii..
District of Columbia.

6.1 14.9 19.5 15. 4

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147, 165

16, 347 778, 190 20, 617

5.3 2.1 22.3 11.9

15. 1 52.0 11.9 15. 1 13. 4 10.1 10.7 60.9

150, 535

69, 130 1, 274, 966

267, 465

1.9 9.9 33.0 4. 2

12.0 124. 2

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Defense access road funds (authorized by sec. 6 of the Defense Highway Act of 1941), funds recommended and certified by the War and Navy Departments and the War Production Board as of Dec. 31, 1942

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Alabama.
Arizona
Arkansas
Call Unia,
Colorado
CODcticut.
Delaware
Florida.
Georgia..

$5, 138, 98 $5, 138, 98 $469, 500 $469, 500 $113, 000 $113,000 $5,721, 485 $5,721, 485 N28, 529 363, 52:

120, 900 120, 900 949, 429 484, 429 2. 065, 02 0 1,979, 080

137, 500 137, 500 2, 202, 580 2, 116, 180 14, 092,00 13, 530), 40N 13, 139, 895 12, 234, 395 1, 502, 9001, 502, 900 28, 735, 453 27, 267, 703 927, 844 927, 846

762, 192 762, 192 1, 690, 038 1, 699, 038 61, 134 61, 136 1, 116, 302 1, 116, 302

1, 177, 438 1, 177, 438 159, 354 159, 354

159, 354 359, 354 2, 551, 901 2, 017, 283 2, 322, 267 2, 235, 967

4, 874, 167 4, 253, 257 5,994, 477 | 5,994, 477 221, 150 169, 150

6, 215, 6:27 6, 163, 620

Defense acccss road funds (authorized by sec. 6 of the Defense Highway Act of

1941), funds recommended and certified by the War and Navy Departments and the War Production Board as of Dec. 31, 1942–Continued

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8,718

Idaho
Illinois.
Indiana.
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland.
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missuri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carlina.
North Dakota.
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah.
Vermont.
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Alaska
Hawaii
District of Colum-

bia. Puerto Rico Canal Zone

$430,000

$60,000 $60,000 $1, 417,530 $1, 417,530 $1, 877, 530 $1. 477. 530 4, 481, 130 $3.328, 130 478,000 478,000

4. 959, 130 3, 806, 130 3, 343, 7503, 343, 750 2,519, 290 2,519, 290

5,803, 040 5, 863, 040 1, 299, 989 1, 299,99 60,000 60 000

1.359, 989 1, 359, 989 2, 161, 736 1, 246, 736 100,000 100,000

2, 261, 736 1, 346, 736 2,662, 654 2, 662, 654 131, 395 131, 395

2,794, 079 2, 794.079 7, 692, 163 5, 200, 268 260.000 230.000

7.952, 165 5, 460, 268 781,015 491,015 618 500 618, 800

1, 399, 815 1,099, 815 6,515, 655 6, 515, 655 9,038, 950 9,098, 950

15, 614, 605 15, 614, 2015 1, 278, 371 1,181,971 1,446, 579 1, 446, 579

2. 724, 950 2,629, 550) 8,655, 160 8, 655, 1601 317, 150 317, 150

8,972, 310 8,972, 310 23), 351 234, 351 399,000 399,000 37, 500 37, 500 671.851 671.851 2,651, 825 2, 206, 925 151, 800 15), 800

2, 808, 625 2, 353, 625 3, 204, 460 3,059, 480 335, 000 335, 000

3,5-9, 460 3, 454, 460 32,000 32.000

978, 204 978. 204 1,010, 204 1,010, 204 497, 597 497, 597

8, 718

506, 315 506, 315 544, 527 564, 527

975, 599 975, 599 1, 510, 12 1, 540, 126 209, 999 184, 999

209, 999 184,999 3, 209, 435 3, 209, 435 1,057, 460 1,057, 460

4, 266, 895 4, 266, 895 69, 530 16,850

447, 670 447, 670 517, 200 494, 520 3, 567, 070 2, 314, 370 1,250, 416 471, 416

4,817, 486 2, 785, 786 1,510, 206 1,090, 206 4, 343, 305 3, 873, 305

5, 853, 511 4, 963, 511 8,055, 301 7, 9:30, 301 839.000 839,000

8. S94, 301 8, 819, 301 3,352,209 3, 203, 769 312,000 342, 000

3,694, 209 3, 545, 769 2. 124.943 2, 124,993 730, 890 730, 890) 596, 600 596, 600 3, 452, 483 3, 452, 483 3, 039, 025 3,039, 025 3, 699, 411 3,699, 411

6, 738, 436 6,738, 436 51,000 51.000 433, 891 433. 891

484. 991 484, 891 1,835, 125 1.836, 125 1,413, 450 864, 450

3, 279, 575 2, 700, 575 418, 790 373, 790

418, 790 373, 790 1, 661. 209 1, 661. 209

1, 661, 209 1, 661. 209 6 464, 654 5, 381, 664 2,9 16,751 2, 946.751 55,000 55,000 9, 466, 415 8, 383, 115 3, 051, 362 2, 996, 362 177,000 177,000 528, 960 528, 960 3, 760, 322 3, 702, 322 30, 540 30, 540

84,000 84, 000 114, 540 114. 540 15, 119, 769 12, 609, 769 8. 799 928 8, 799.928

23,919, 697 21, 409, 697 1,528,831 1,037, 584 2, 104 230 2, 104. 230 498, 259 498, 259 4, 131, 323 3, 640, 073 2, 305, 224 2, 305, 321 832, 101 832, 101

3, 137, 325 3, 137, 325 597, 105 537, 195

597, 195 537, 195 105, 230 105, 230

48, 052 48. 05. 153, 282 153, 252 5, 855, 500 5, 210, 500 3 4 000 384.000 93, 500 93, 500

6, 333, 000 5, 688,000 535, 607 535, 607 1,672 82 1,672, 882

2, 208, 189 2, 208, 489 3, 739,000 3, 739.000

3, 739,000 3,739,000 288, 960 289, 960

288, 960 288, 960 2, 073, 000 2, 073 000 17, 470 15, 470

2, 088, 470 2,088, 470

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Total

148. 926, 806 134, 501, 5 -9 64,531, 335 61, 662, 535,8, 397, 366 8, 397, 366 221, 858, 567 204, 561, 470

DEFENSE HIGHWAY PROGRAM

During the past calendar year, all projects have been certified as important to the national defense. In the previous 18-month period, in connection with the approval of Federal-aid programs, emphasis had been placed on the selection of projects important to the national defense. Since July 1, 1940, the separate record of Federal-aid projects, either on the strategic network or providing access to defense activities, together with the record of projects approved under the Defense Highway Act of 1941, provides the basis for the summarization of ihe total defense highway record. As of December 31, 1942, a total of Federal funds of $8"},812,511 has been programmed to such projects. This work involved 14,493.7 miles of construction ; 3,191.9 miles on which surveys and plans were i rovided or construction supervision furnished; 1,926 structures, of which 281 eliminated highway-railroad grade crossings; and 308 flashing light signals, gates, or similar protective devices at highway-railroad grade crossings. During the continuance of the war, the entire program will be restricted to projects certified by the appropriate Federal defense agency as important to the national defense.

The following table shows the details of the defense highway program as of December 31, 1942.

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