1940s era cars driving  across a 4 lane concrete bridge.


The Collier-Burns Act was passed and provided $76 million annually for new highway construction. Gas and diesel taxes were raised by 1-1/2 cents a gallon and driver license and registration fees were increased. The Division of Highways was reorganized to deal with the greater volume of work the act generated.

Opening Ceremonies for the Arroyo-Seco Parkway, 1940


The Arroyo-Seco Parkway, California and the US’ first freeway, was dedicated on December 30, 1940. This project marked the beginning of the freeway era in the Golden State.