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Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Common
wealth of Massachusetts in General Court Assembled. The undersigned, commissioners appointed under the provisions of chapter 476 of the Acts of 1893, entitled • An act to provide for the appointment of a Highway Commission to improve the public roads and to define its powers and duties,” hereby submit their second annual report.
GEO. A. PERKINS.
MASSACHUSETTS HIGHWAY COMMISSION.
As the Highway Commission of this Commonwealth is a relatively new Board, it seems proper to preface the account of its doings during the past year by a statement as to the legislation which has controlled its work.
SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE ENACTMENTS. By an act approved June 2, 1892, a commission of inquiry was established, which was directed to report to the next Legislature concerning the condition of the roads in the Commonwealth, and to draft a bill providing for the improvement of the highways of the Commonwealth. The report was made in February, 1893.
The project for a law, as framed by the commissioners, was with some changes passed, and was approved on June 10, 1893. This bill provided that each road proposed as a State highway should be petitioned for by the county commissioners of the county in which it lay, or by two or more cities or towns, and that if approved by the Highway Commission a separate bill for the construction of the way should be by that Board submitted to the Legislature.
Under this law a number of petitions for the construction of State roads were received, and the work of preparing the plans for legislative action was begun.
Before any bills for the construction of State roads were submitted to the General Court, an act was introduced which became a law June 20, 1894, which changed the