Centennial Minute - March 1, 2012


1914 --The world is at war, Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day's labor,and Charles Chaplin makes his film debut.

In Kentucky, the General Assembly passes the State Highway Act. The act calls for a system of public state highways, connecting county seats with their adjoining counterparts along the most direct and practical route.

The highway act establishes the "State Road Fund," which is used to pay the State's share of improving the inter-county seat road system.

The State Road Fund is composed of a five cent tax and the proceeds of the automobile license tax.

From 1914 to 1916, the maximum amount that the State Road Fund received each year did not exceed $750,000. Counties are required to match this amount.

Consequently, only $1.5 million are available each year for construction of the 10,000 miles specified in the 1914 act.

Also under this highway act, the Commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Public Roads receives greater authority. Robert C Terrell now has general supervision over all roads and bridges being constructed, improved, or maintained.

As a result, 10 district offices are created to coordinate design work with the counties.