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MAJOR JAMES PETRIE, 0,B.E. (Past President), proposing a vote of thanks to Mr. Hunter, said that the paper and the slides were extremely instructive, and indicated very plainly the many things which a bridge engineer must consider before preparing his plans, how very accurate his calculations must be, and the many difficulties that must be considered in connection with the erection, the disposition of the plant, and the transport of materials to the site. For example, there was no extra land available near the Wearmouth Bridge at Sunderland, and the erection of the bridge was a very clever piece of work; the position and placing of the plant and materials, and the setting out of the work must have entailed considerable concentration of thought. The paper would be of particular and inestimable value to the younger members of the profession. He would strongly urge the younger members of the profession to visit works in course of construction whenever possible. One could pick up a number of very valuable hints in this way.
In order to appreciate modern Road Construction it is necessary to review the history of the road as far as our own country is concerned; for only in this way is it possible to understand fully the difficulties which have troubled the highway engineer in the past; many of which are still a hindrance to efficient road construction. G. McLean Gibson
In the year 1926 was commenced the construction of the world's largest bridge. The year 1932 is expected to witness its opening to traffic. Its ofiicial name is the Hudson River Bridge and it will span the Hudson River between Fort Washington in the State of New York and Fort Lee in the State of New Jersey. This bridge will provide highway and electric railway transit over the main channel of the Hudson River. Its location, together with that of other links between New York, Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey, is indicated in Fig. 1. The bridge is being built by the Port of New York Authority, pursuant to authority conferred by joint action of the States of New York and New Jersey. The financing was effected by the Port Authority authorising an issue of 60 million dollars, Port of New York Authority, New York-New Jersev Interstate Bridge Gold Bonds, 30 millions of which were sold on December 9, 1926, to the underwriters; and by the States of New York and New Jersev, by appropriate legislation, making available to the Port Authority the sum of 10 million dollars. The 20 millions of bonds sold to the public bear interest at the rate of 4 per cent. They were sold to the public on a basis to yield 4.20 per cent., and are today selling in the open market on a 4 per cent. yield basis. Professor J. Husband