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Inventory of the Dept. of Public Works. Division of Highways. Joint Highway District 10 Records
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Dept. of Public Works. Division of Highways. Joint Highway District 10 Records
    Inventory: F3761
    Creator: California. Division of Highways
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    [Identification of item], Dept. of Public Works. Division of Highways. Joint Highway District 10 Records, F3761, California State Archives.

    Agency History

    San Francisco and San Mateo counties formed District #10 on September 4, 1928, for the sole purpose of construction of Junipero Serra Boulevard (later known as State Route 237) from San Francisco-San Mateo county line South to Burlingame.
    The Joint Highway Act ( Stats. 1917, ch. 52) established the legal framework under which two or more counties could form a partnership for road construction. Under Section 9 of the 1917 act, the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco and San Mateo counties appointed one of their members to a highway Board of Directors. These two members in turn picked a third member, normally someone outside of county government, to complete the governing board. Directors of District #10 were responsible for all phases of highway construction--right-of-ways, construction contracts, funding, and personnel (see MINUTES, series #2). Members of the board served at the pleasure of their county boards of supervisors, and received no salary.
    The State of California normally contributed one third the amount of road construction; the remaining two-thirds being divided 85% to San Francisco and 15% to San Mateo County. At the completion of road construction, San Mateo assumed all expenses connected with road maintenance.
    Junipero Serra Boulevard was constructed in sections over a number of years. The first section, completed in 1930, extended Serra Boulevard from the county line Southward to School Street. A second section to Edgemar Road was completed by 1933. A third section in 1933 extended Serra Boulevard to El Camino Real, and a fourth section in 1940 to Sneath Road. Two final sections during the 1950's completed the road to Burlingame (see CONTRACT FILE, series #4).
    In its 28 years of existence, District #10 spent over three million dollars, completing a little over ten miles of highway. Governor Knight in 1956 signed legislation that dissolved District #10, turning authority over Serra Boulevard to Highway District IV.