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National Defense Highway

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In 1880 the nation of Palu got swept up into a large war that threatened to wipe out the small nation.  Fortunately the war was short lived and left no signs of having ever occured.  However, like any war, the long lasting effects of the war effort will continue to leave a dark mark on politics.

One dark mark left by the war was Palu seeking to improve road networks for military transport.  During the war it became obvious that the road network that existed was very ineffective at moving materials around.  As a direct result The National Defense Highway System bill was put forth to congress in 1890 and finally approved in 1895. 

The territory of Brisbin hadn't seen anything from the NDHS until 1900.  In 1900 Brisbin was finally given the details for the coastal highway that would go through the territory.   With Brisbin a completely unpopulated territory in the northern region of the nation, things had to be done a bit differently than they normally would be.  Three teams were planned to work on Coast Road.  One team from the west, a team from the east, and a team inserted into the middle of the territory by military transport ships.

In the Fall of 1901 the center team had finally arrived and quickly got to work

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It had only taken a couple of weeks for the crew to establish a good mile of pavement.  Even military engineers were impressed by the speed of the civilian contractor.  What they didn't know was this contractor only worked on military projects.


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With winter on its way and roughly a mile or road paved... It was time to start thinking about housing for the workers.  Winters can easily be real harsh and it wouldn't do to have so many die from the cold. While spending money to build houses was easy enough, pavement needed for the highway wasn't going to be used on the workers.  Got to cut costs somewhere right?

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Protecting workers from the cold... easy.  Paving miles and miles of road.. easy but time consuming.  By the fall of 1902.. a full year after construction crews had arrived in the area, the first real problem came up.  How to cross a water inlet.

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With so many odd cliffs and uneven terrain a simple bridge at the mouth of the small inlet was decided as the best option.  It took a good month of planning and 4 months to construct the bridge... 

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With the Brisbin territory section of the highway expected to take 5 years, the Palu government decided it would be far easier and cheaper to have food supplies grown locally instead of inported and supported by the military.  The government wasted no time in setting up farming grants and the first farms 

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What started as only a workers housing has quickly become a small township.  CoveVille now has a population of roughly 500 sims (most of which are highway workers).  However It took a good year for the Cove Road section of the Brisbin Coastal highway to be completed... 5 year project.. only a third done in 4 years?  If the government wants to finish this highway within the 5 year time frame more teams such as this one is likely needed.

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 Avenga: The concept of natural growth or the concept I've displayed here?   If this defense contract is what you're talking about I hate to say you're only going to see one more journal entry (if that) related to Coastal Highway.

Schlmn8r: I know how you feel.. I look forward to see how the region is going to continue to develop.  Kind of exciting.

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