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The Merritt Parkway - Connecticut's National Historic Road

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Background

Controversy and Scandal

The Merritt Parkway Opens

About this Exhibit

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Report of the Commissioner of Public Works, Robert A. Hurley to Governor Wilbur L. Cross Photo of a tree shown dangerously close to the Merritt Parkway, Exhibit 005, Hurley Report

On January 6, 1938, the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works, Robert A. Hurley, submitted a report to Governor Wilbur L. Cross that detailed his findings on the investigation into the State Highway Department. The 135 page document severely criticized both the agency as a whole and its Commissioner, John A. MacDonald, in particular.

Governor Cross himself called the report "caustic" and wrote in his autobiography that "No good word was said about anybody or anything. Even the beautiful Merritt Parkway was ill designed, ill constructed, and destined to become a dangerous road for travelers to ride over."

To illustrate his findings, Hurley's report included photographs of areas of the Merritt Parkway he deemed  unsafe and badly constructed.

Picture Credit:
Hurley Report, Exhibit 005