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From: Bruce Weigle (
Subject:         Re: "the first paved road anywhere" and "The Big Apple"
Date: August 26, 2006 at 10:23 am PST

In Reply to: Re: posted by Texas Vegan on April 5, 2006 at 10:05 am:

Hello - I've been trying to get an idea of the growth of the Western European paved highway system. If macadamized roads started in the UK and quickly spread throughout the world, can anyone offer an estimate of how much of the European highway system was paved by say, mid-century? When I study contemporary maps of this time (1850-1870), I've assumed that the larger, double-solid line roads are probably paved, and that the half solid, half dashed lines are just improved dirt roads ...and that the double dashed line roads are what we might call "farm tracks". Sound reasonable? Would this be true in most western European countries during this period? I'm also curious about the appearance of a macadamized road. As the top surface is small crushed stone, would it look pretty much like a gray concrete roadway? Many thanks for your help!

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