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Building It—Fast
"The Turnpike Must Be Done November '51" Sign


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Do you think early Turnpike Authority employees got the message when Chairman Paul Troast tacked this to his office door?

Everyone knew—and the sign helped enforce it—that they had to keep to a tight schedule. Started in 1950, the Turnpike was supposed to be finished in less than two years. The sense of urgency sprung from mounting traffic congestion, the administration's desire to have the project succeed, and awareness of the accumulating interest on the bonds that were sold to raise money for the project (no taxpayer funds were used). When the road was done, some of those involved signed the sign—which had become a memorable souvenir of their joint venture.


Cardboard sign, about 1950
Collections of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority