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Who Taught You to Drive?

Driving lingo, Part 2

It should come as no surprise that Jersey barriers originated in New Jersey. Who invented them, though, is less concrete.

According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, a state research engineer named William VanBreeman deserves the credit. Without a computer, modern engineering formulas, or even much testing, VanBreeman sketched out the barrier’s enduring design more than 60 years ago.

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