The Highway and the People film, circa 1969  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Washington (State). Department of Highways
The Highway and the People film
circa 1969 (inclusive)
1 film reel (21 minutes, 750 feet) : color, sound ; 16mm
Collection Number
A discussion of the development of Interstate 90 in the Seattle area
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Access to the original film is restricted. A viewing copy is available for patron use.


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The western terminus of I-90, the longest interstate highway in the United States, is in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle. The Washington State Deparment of Highways was responsible for maintenace of this road at the time of the film, but the office has since been absorbed by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Highway and the People is a short film produced by the Washington State Department of Highways for the purpose of explaining the Interstate 90 project to the greater public. Focusing on the social impact that such a project would have on densely populated urban areas, the Interstate 90 Design Team uses the film to address issues of civic integration including noise pollution, visual aesthetics, and overall neighborhood safety. Team members participating in the film include: Bob Roberts (highway engineer); Robert Durham (Durham, Anderson & Freed, Architects); Ed Burke (Bridges & Burke, Architects); Ed Johnson. In addition, the film discusses plans to incorporate a rail line into the design of this transportation route.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
viewcopy item
VC10.2 1  The Highway and the People
Aerial views of I-90 corridor and Lake Washington, with the floating bridge and surrounding freeways, neighborhood, and construction sites. Voiceover narration describes the estimated growth east of Lake Washington, specifically pointing to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan that projects 2 million inhabitants by 1999. Various members of the Interstate 90 Design Team discuss their efforts to integrate a new highway into existing Seattle neighborhoods, and noise pollution, visual aesthetics, integrated rail transit, and economy are all addresses by the group.
Original1 film reel (21 minutes, 750 feet) : sound, color ; 16mm
circa 1969

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • City planning--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Express highways--Environmental aspects--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Express highways--Washington (State)--Seattle--Design and construction
  • Neighborhood planning--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Urban transportation--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Corporate Names :
  • Washington (State). Department of Highways
  • Washington (State). Department of Transportation
  • Geographical Names :
  • Interstate 90
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Motion pictures
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Burke, Edward, 1930- (performer)
    • Durham, Robert L. (Robert Lewis), 1912-1998, (performer)
    • Johnson, Ed, active 1969, (performer)
    • Roberts, Bob (Engineer), (performer)
    • Roberts, Bob (Engineer), (performer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Bridges & Burke, Architects (Seattle, Wash.), (associated name)
    • Durham, Anderson & Freed (Seattle, Wash.), (associated name)

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Moving Image Collections (University of Washington)
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)