ROAD AND RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION

THE EARLIEST KNOWN ROAD BUILT THROUGH MUSKEG HAS RECENTLY BEEN DISCOVERED IN BRUE VALLEY NEAR SOMERSET, ENGLAND. IT WAS REPORTED IN 1962 THAT IN THE PROCESS OF EXCAVATING PEAT, AN OLD ROADWAY WAS DISCOVERED. THE ROADWAY WAS CONSTRUCTED OF PLANKS WHICH WERE TIED TOGETHER LONGITUDINALLY AT EACH END WITH STAKES DRIVEN VERTICALLY EVERY 10 FEET ALONG EACH SIDE TO HOLD THEM IN PLACE. CARBON DATING HAS INDICATED THESE ROADS TO BE BETWEEN 4,000 AND 4,800 YEARS OLD. VERY FEW CHANGES TOOK PLACE UNTIL THE CURRENT CENTURY. NOW VARIOUS METHODS ARE BEING USED DEPENDING ON THE MANY VARIABLES SUCH AS THE COMPOSITION OF PEAT, THE DEPTH OF THE PEAT DEPOSIT, THE FREQUENCY AND WEIGHT OF TRAFFIC AND THE ADJACENCY OF OTHER STRUCTURES TO THE PROPOSED HIGHWAY. BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF THE VARIOUS METHODS ARE GIVEN. /CGRA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Toronto

    Department of Geography, 100 St George Street
    Toronto, Ontario  Canada  M5S 3G3
  • Authors:
    • Brawner, C O
    • Tessier, G
  • Publication Date: 1969

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00214651
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: CANADIAN GOOD ROADS ASSOCIATION
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1970 12:00AM