Friday, December 30, 2016

Looking Back to 1941: That Remarkable New DeKalb-Sycamore Road

From the Decemberb 7, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1941, 75 Years Ago.

"Newspapers throughout the state have been carrying editorial comment on the new highway which connects DeKalb and Sycamore following a news story telling of the experiments made by the state on the cfonstruction of the road.

"The four-lane highway is divided by a narrow strip of cement which has been specially treated so that it is much more white than regular pavement.  This was done by removing the grey matter out of the cement, when it was mixed, making the center strip very white in comparison.

"At night the dividing strip is easily seen and it should be of much aid to motorists."

Even as war clods were on the horizon, a big topic around DeKalb County was the construction of the new four-lane road between the county's two biggest cities, Sycamore and DeKalb (Illinois Highway 23).

--RoadDog

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