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New York State Division of the Budget Postwar Planning Commission Maps

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The temporary state commission on Postwar Public Works Planning was created to oversee the progress of such state projects as railroad grade crossing eliminations, highways buildings and public housing projects, and to order the preparation of plans and specifications for those state projects. This series consists of maps of proposed and completed state, county and municipal public works projects and depict two types of construction: highways and non-highway projects (barge canal, bridges, schools, sewer systems, housing projects, water supply, etc.).
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4 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
[circa 1940]
Series Number:
A0705

Arrangement

Alphabetical by county.

Administrative History

The temporary state commission was created in 1942 (Chapter 660) and mandated to order allot funds for and keep records of the progress of such state projects as railroad grade crossing eliminations, highways, parkways, buildings and public housing projects. The commission was also to order the preparation of plans and specifications for those state projects. Chapter 660 of the Laws of 1943 expanded the commission's duties to include the allotment of state grants to be made by the commission to municipalities, school districts or district corporations for local improvement projects. The commission was abolished in 1947 (Chapter 660 of the Laws of 1946) after the submission of its final report to the governor and legislature on July 1, 1947.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of maps of both proposed and completed state, county and municipal public works projects. The maps, which were generated by the Postwar Public Works Planning Commission, depict two types of construction: highways and non-highway projects (sewer systems, housing projects, etc). The highway maps are executed in color and mark the location of primary and secondary systems, thruways, parkways, and arterial highways. The maps also differentiate between county, state and federally funded highways as well as those taken over for maintenance or acquired through a special law by the state.

The non-highway maps designate between state and municipal projects and the type of project (barge canal, housing, grade crossing eliminations and reconstructions, bridges, schools, heavy construction, sidewalks, miscellaneous parks, rods, sewers, water supply or buildings). They also outline both existing and proposed state and county roads as well as state owned lands. These maps are also executed in color. Boxes one and four contain the legends for each sub-series.

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