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Our Bad Roads Cost us the Enormus Sum
of $650,000,000 Every Year.
Poor roads in the United States are
costing the people annually the enor
mous sum of $650,000,000, which is a
tax of more than seven dollars a year
for every man, woman and child. This
amazing fact is pointed out by Martin
Dodge, director of the bureau of public
road inquiries, of the Department of
Agriculture, in Washington. He ad
vocates the construction of brick track
roads with convict labor.
As a result of the good road move
ment which has been largely stimu
lated by the efforts of t-e Department
of Agriculture, the road question is at
present receiving a remarkable degree
of active interest, as indicated, for
instance, by a movement in the State
of New York for bonding the State
for $80,000,000 to build country roads.
This is wnolly in line with a bill be
fore the last national Congress by Mr.
Otey of Virginia, for $100,000,000 for
the same purposes.
Mr. Otey declares: —"In view of our
willingly having spent $400,000,000 on
the Philippines it is time to do some-
thing tangible for our own people.
.."This is especially true," comments
Mr. Dodge, "in view of the fact that
we are continually paying an avoida
ble mud tax of more than $650,000,000
each year for the privilege of driving
over our dusty and muddy roads. This
enormous expense is better compre
hended by saying it equals a tax of
more than $7 each a year for every
man, woman and child in .iis country."
A careful study of the road problem
in detail reveals some important and
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O. R. DAHL, Secretary,
P O Box. 187. Office, 528 N. Y. Block, Seattle, Wash.
significant features. While good road
stone is found in a very few places in
this country, good clays are found in
nearly every locality.
"If these abundant clays," Mr. Dodge
argues, "can be used economically to
build good roads they will greatly as
sist in meeting the important problem
of how to construct our country roads.
"Again, as all loads are hauled over
very narrow portions of roads through
wheel contract, railroad cars for ex
ample, it follows that if such narrow
parts of our roads are cheaply con
structed to properly resist the weight
and grind of the wagon wheels new
and important results will be attained.
"Close study of these conditions re
sulted in the construction of a section
of brick wheel track road in the De
partment of Agriculture grounds in
the early part of 1900, followed by the
introduction of this system in various
places, for the improvement of coun
try roads and city streets, also with
most encouraging results.
"The important features of brick
roads are that they can be built for a
fraction of the cost of a stone road or
street, while four to five times the
load can be hauled on them, with the
same team force and they can proba
bly be maintained for one-tenth of the
repair expense. At the same time
they obviate the formation of the ruts,
dust and mud due to the grinding of
the wagon wheels on stone streets, and
the mud holes and dust of our earth
"The brick track road system not
only seems adapted to fully meet the
needs of the Western and Southern
States where no good road stone is
found, but from present indications
it will likely supplant the building of
stone roads, even where good stone
"If convict labor is properly em
ployed we can probably build ideal
roads throughout the whole country
in a few years of time for the present
needless expense we are now bearing
on account of our deplorable country
"An ideal road is the stone wheel
track between Albany and Schenec
tady, N. Y. In constant use for nearly
sixty years, with very little or no ex
pense for repairs, it so far shows very
"It is probably the oldest and most
successful road in this country, and
now looks as if might last another cen
tury or two without material repair
"Near the city of Buffalo, on upward
of a mile of brick track road, con
structed adjacent to stone roads built
by the State, nearly four times the
load can be hauled with the same team
force and with comparatively little
damage to the contents of the loads,
which are largely composed of market
produce and fruit.
Modification Of Tramway.
"The brick wheel road is a modifi
cation of the old stone tramway roads,
which, according to Byrne, were first
employed by the Egyptians for moving
"Some trackways have been expen
sive to construct in this country, cost
ing about $14,000 per mile in the neigh
borhood of New York city, but cost
little for repairs and maintenance,
while the friction is extremely low.
being only about one-one hundred and
thirtieth of the weight of the load and
less than one-half that of the best
block pavement. It is declared that
on such trackways in London a horse
weighing about seven hundred pound?
could draw, on a level, fifteen tons,
and a horse weighing about sixteen
hundred pounds could draw thirty and
a half tons.
"While the very low tractive force
required of the stone track road, com
bined with the low maintenance cost
makes this the most desirable of
roads in some sections, the high cost
of construction has prevented its gen
eral adoption even in the favored lo
calities where suitable stone is found.
"In the brick track road is found a
means for obtaining all of the advant
ages of the old stone track road at an
extremely low cost. This advantage is
made possible for nearly every part
of this country, on account of our
abundant clays, which are found of
suitable quality in neary every section.
Work For Convicts And Vagrants.
"A strong feature in favor of the
brick track road is the plan of using
our convicts and vagrants in making
the brick and other materials, and also
in constructing the roads, by which
means this country could in a few
years' time have the finest roads in
the world, at less cost than the burden
and disadvantage which we are now
enduring because of our present lack
of good roads.
"The present vicious and expensive
methods in our most populous States
of supporting the criminal classes in
idleness would also be obviated, to the
moral and physical betterment of the
criminals themselves, and probably
with a marked reduction of criminality