Monday, April 1, 2013
After the Boonesborough Turnpike Road in Maryland was paved with “macadam in 1823, the next section of paved road of any note in America was the paving, with Trinidad asphalt, of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. in 1876. Authorized by President Grant, the paving job was somewhat of an experiment conducted by the army engineers to study the use of asphalt for road building. Interestingly, the largest road building project in the United States almost 100 years later, the interstate highway system built during the 1950’s was, ostensibly, also associated with the US military, the road serving as a way to shuttle troops around the country. Ironically, the development of the interstate highway system, cheap gas, and burgeoning economy during the 1950’s and 1960’s would send automobile accident rates soaring!