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GOOD ROADS IN RURAL AREAS
.important to Construct Earth Roads
That They May be Kept In a Rea
sonably Good Condition.
(By PROF. THOMAS SHAW.)
In its bearing on rural life the good
Toads question stands in the very
.foreground. The question of the high
er and more expensive grades of roads
will not be discussed further in this
paper than to say that the men who
.are urging their construction in lead
ing centers are rendering their coun
try a most important service. But
the building of these cannot become
.general for a long time to come owing
to the expense of building them. In
^Britain all the roads are good where
soever they may he found, but it took
-centuries to build them and they were
built In a country where* labor is or
?was proverbially cheap.
The bulk of the roads in rural places
will consist of soil only for a long
time to come, whatsoever may be the
Cross Section of Road, Showing
Lumps of Clay Placed on a Sand
Subsoil and Covered With Sand.
nature of the soil. The all-important
-cuesti?n, therefore, is, to so construct
and care for these roads that they
may be kept in a reasonably good con
dition, and at the least outlay that
-will effect this end.
It goes without saying that when
constructing a country road it ought
to be put in condition that will read
ily take away the water that falls.
Without this no road can be kept in
a proper state. It should be wide
-enough to admit of the easy passing
of two loads of hay on racks, and it
should not be of unnecessary width or
height in the center. When laying
out this road it is usually plowed to
the desired width. What that width
may be should vary somewhat. In
the judgment of the writer it does not
need to have a width of more than
40 feet In most instances the road
Tied is made ail too wide. Oftentimes
it is made 60 to 70 feet. Where is
the necessity for a road being so
wide? When this wide, it is much
more liable to ruc, since the water is
much more liable to lodge in any de
pression:} that may occur as the result
The road Is rounded np nowadays
py the use of the road grader. The
^grraaving of laoor In "tnte methoar'cTToad
ouildlng as compared with the scra
per ls very great. The roadbed should
"be so shaped that the highest point j
should be along the line of the cen
ter, and the slope should be gradual,
till the sides of the ditches may be
approached, when lt may then he
much more abrupt. The ditches
should be deep enough to carry away
the water readily. It is not necessary
that they shall be any deeper.
When laying out a country road, at
tention should be given to the
straightness of the lines made by the
plowman. If he makes furrows ab
? solutely straight on outer sides of
the roadbed it will remain straight
for ali time. The roadbed will in it
self have an attractiveness that is
-pleasing if for no other reason than
that it is absolutely straight The
necessity for very deep ditches on the
.-sides is not apparent, and there is no
necessity for having the crown of the
road unduly high.
When the soil roadbed is thus made,
the .next important matter is to so
manage it that it will give the great
Cross Section of Road, Showing Dis
placement of Lumps Of Clay When
Subjected to Travel.
est amount of efficiency with the least
amount of labor. This can be best
accomplished hy the use of the split
log. This should be run over the road
if possible after every heavy and pro
longed rain, and at a stage in the dry
ing of the soil when it will crumble
because of the presence of the drag
passing over it.
Split-Log Drag ls Useful.
A split-log drag or some similar de
. vice is ? very useful in maintaining
the surface after suitable ditches and
. cross section have once been secured.
This drag can also be used to advan
tage on a gravel road as well as on
an earth road. The principle involved
in dragging is that clays and most
heavy soils will puddle when wet and
set very hard when dry.
Three Good Road Rules.
Macadam, one of the most famous
road builders, laid down three rules
for making a good road: (1) Good
Drainage, (2) Better Drainage, (3)
Still Better Drainage; or in other
words, "A good road has a tight roof
and a dry cellar."
Of Value to Country.
Good road3 may not be the whole
solution for prosperity and happiness
of country life, but they are a part of
it, and a very necessary and important
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Edgefield county, the j following
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(1) The road leading from Stone
wall Neal's gin to public road lead
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(2) The road leading from Long
Cane road, intersecting Delphi road
at S. N. Timmerman's, via Prince
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