What is an Erwin Plan Road?

The Erwin and Donavan Plans were New York State programs to help fund construction of local highways before CHIPS (Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program).

AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST AT THE OHIO TURNPIKE OF THE 1950'S AND THE INTERSTATE OF THE 1960'S AS THE HIGHWAYS CROSS THE CUYAHOGA VALLEY NORTH OF PENINSULA, OHIO, NEAR CLEVELAND. THE VALLEY IS PART OF THE CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL RECREATION AREA SIGNED INTO LAW IN DECEMBER, 1975. IT IS LOCATED WITHIN A 20-MILE STRETCH OF LAND BETWEEN THE METROPOLITAN DISTRICTS OF CLEVELAND AND AKRON. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE MUST COMPLETE A MASTER PLAN FOR THE AREA BY JUNE, 1976

The Erwin Plan (The Ten Year Highway Improvement Act of 1950) allowed towns to obtain state aid for projects with 25 to 75 percent reimbursement up to $7,000 per mile. The minimum specifications for an Erwin Road were:

Overtime additional funds were added and the amount available per mile was increased.

Resources

NYSDOT Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program

Cover of the 10 Erwin plan

10 year highway improvement plan (pdf)

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