This book presents pictorially the progress of roadbuilding from indian trails to the present. It sets out to fill the gap in literature on roadbuilding men and machines. Indian trails and the first colonial roads were the beginning. The development of cities brought wagon turnpikes. In 1796 the first request to congress for federal aid for road building was made and by 1818 part of the National Road was already completed. Roadbuilding machines like drags and brickmaking machines were in use by the end of the ninetheenth century. At the turn of the century the bicycle increased mobility, rural roads were paved and the postal service brought increased federal attention to roads and roadbuilding technology. Pavement types increased and improved in the beginning of the twentieth century. The advent of the automobile made a great change in America. Roads and the machines to build them got better and better as the century progressed. Networks of toll roads, expressways and freeways grew to the point where we now have 42,500 miles of nonstop highways.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Road & Transportation Builders Association

    ARTBA Building, 1219 28th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20007-3389
  • Authors:
    • Wixom, C W
  • Publication Date: 1975-5

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 207 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127517
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM