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The construction of paved all-weath er highways on the vast Navajo Indian Reservation i s rapidly bringing the 85,000 inhabitants of the arid region into closer contact with their neighbors in Arizona, New Mexico. Utah a n d Colorado. This construction, together with the increasing development of oil, gas and uranium production is provid ing revenues to be invested in tourist accommodations and other commercial ventures which will be of lasting bene fit to the Navajos. Their children will now be able to attend with greater reg ularity the new schools which are be ing built on the reservat on. Medical services will now be available to many isolated by impassable roads and com munications generally with be bene fited Anderson-Udall Bill The passage of an act by Congress providing funds authorized by the An derson-Udall Bill made available funds to initiate construction of certain pro jects on Routes 1 and 3 early in 1959. Additional funds totaling around $6 million have been authorized and some projects are already underway. Others are being advertised and the plans be ing completed. Two projects authorized by this bill have been paved and the seal cost will be placed next spring. These include 28.7 miles of Route 3 east of Tuba City from Dinnebito Wash to Coal Mine Mesa and nine miles of Route 1 from Tuba City northeastward PUBLISHED BY THE NAVAJO TRIBE, WINDOW ROCIcdARIZONA Volume I, Number 2 December—l9s9 NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY LIBRARY Wci K TIMES New Road Construction on the Navajo Reservation . * , ' - ‘-V ; towards Kayenta. 13 miles of Route 1 from the end of the project just men tioned to Tonalea is under construction and will be paved in the spring. The plans are complete and bids will be opened for an additional 14 miles which will carry the pavement beyond Cow Springs. This project will be advertised some time in December. On the east end of Route 1 near Ship- rock, two bridges are under construction in New Mexico, one at Red Wash and one at Rattlesnake Wash. Traffic is n o w crossing the Rattlesnake Wash Bridge. The Red Wash Bridge should be completed early next year. In Ari zona a four mile section of Route 1 is nearly complete as far as grading and drainage structures is concerned. The - Continued on page 7 /( w rm j j'''