From the Archives: Road work in the 1930s

Mixing oil for 19th Ave, 1934

Mixing oil for 19th Ave, 1934

By Caroline Carpenter / ADOT Communications

The machinery has become more advanced when it comes to paving roads, but it's still hard work. This 1934 photo from our archives shows crews working on 19th Avenue. Unfortunately, we don't where along 19th Avenue this photo was taken, but the railroad tracks in the background may be a clue.

It’s safe to say things have changed since 1912 when the Arizona Highway Department was first established. But you don’t just have to take our word … we’ve got plenty of pictures to prove it. We combed through our archives and decided to periodically post these photos from the past in a blog series we’re calling, “From the ADOT Archives.”