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Condition Of The Roads

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wnen it is consideren that Michigan annually taxes her citizens $2,000,000 to pay for the construetion and repair o1 highways, thls should be a guarantee that the State should have good roads. For thatamount, if properly and intelligently applied, ought to be enough to save farmnra onrl tMm'"" frnn beinc obliïed to whip tired horses over mud roads. It is in the country where the farmers have to do their heavy hauling, and todo this on unfavorable roads occasions a loss of time and money, for on a good macadam or gravel road twice the distance can be traversed with almost twice the load, and with less wear and fatigue to man and beast. Says a talented writer on this subject: "There is uoother public improvement which pays farmers, rural villages, and all country townsand dwellers so large a percentage of profit as fïrstclass roads. Those seasons of the year when mud and water have made the poor country roads impassable, or nearly so, are the very seasons when yie farmer who is blessed with good roads can obtaln at his villüge market the highestcash prices for everythinsf and anything .he has to sell. The village wliich has good roails reaching out in all directions into the country, maintains thereby a perpetual market, is easily and constantly supplied, and suffers the least loss of trade during the fall and spring rains. On the other hand, the village which has poor country roads pays extra high prices for all sorts of supplies during the wet seasons, experiences great stagnations of trade, at least twice annuallj7, and its surrounding farmers miss their very best market season - a season, too, when the weathe.r and the condition of the ground keep them idle, and when they could, If they had good roads, best afford their time going to murket. Good, hard, smooth and reliable country roads are of more value to the average country village than a railioad connection. They are an almost necessary adjunct to a railroad.jcoiinection. Therefore the tnaking of good country roads is one of the most important reforms to which public attention can possibly be directed." Now the roads in and about Ann Arbor are not what might be called bad roads, yet it is very evident they are not what they ought to be. It is safe to say that enough money and labor has been spent on the roads In this county to make every one of them a first-class gravel road. Properly managed, such a road in the end would cost less than a soft, sandy and rutty one. Inasmuch as these roads are not what the times demand, we must look to the system of working and repairing tliem, and see whether or not some better way can not bc devised. That discussion we propose to enter upon next week.


Ann Arbor Courier
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