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Macadamized Roads

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A letter from Ridgewood, N. J., to the editor of The New York World says: The ahsorbing question in Bergen couiity today and in many other parts of New Jersey among progressive citizens is good roada. There was quite a contest in the board oí freeholders laat fall over this question. The majoríty fayored macadamized roada, to be made under an act of the legislature of 1889, which provides for the work being done under the bonding Rystem, to be paid in part by tho county and in part by the township through which the road laid ont passes. Eight of the fifteen freeholders favorod laying out two or three roada running north and south, taking in the inarket towns and making it easy for the farmers to get their truck to the largor tov.-ns, Mí:i Paterson and Hackensack. This was opposed by the other members of the board, instructed to do so by their constituents, who lid not seem to favor iinprovementa in the farming districts, being satisñed to leave the roads as they were on tho ground that roads that were good enough for the oíd Jersey farmers of fifty years ago are good enough for their successors. It is worthy of note that when a eominunity once gets a taste of macadam it wants more; in fact, it becomes enthusiastic for more. The points in favor of macadamized roads may be sumincd up briefly as follows: First - Safety. Fewer accidonts occur on good macadamized roada than on the ordinary roughly coustruoted country roada. Second - Economy, both as regards horseflesh and wear and tear of vehicles and harneas. No statistics are available to show precisely how much longer a wagon or harneas or horse will last on macadamized roads than on ordinary roads, but the percentage must be largely in favor of macadam, as any one can see. Third - Speed. Farmers who have to transport the products of their farms by teams long distances to market fully understand how much quicker time can be made and how much heavier loads can be drawn on macadamized roads than can be drawn on ordinary country roads. Like a chain, the country road must be gauged by the condition of its poorest portion. Wliile a farmer may be able to draw a heavy load for threefourtha or perhaps seven-eighths of the distance he may require to go over a country road, there may be a spot of a few hundred f eet where bis horses would not be able to pull such a load, and, therefore, he is compelled to estímate the capacity of his team by this poor spot. Farmers, many of them, raise or try to raise trotters, but as a rule have no good place for exercising them. A good macadamized road is precisely the thing for this purpose. In the long run it cannot be doubted that a macadamized roivd is far more economical than the ordinary road. It has been stated on so good an authority as Col. Pope, of Boston, president of the Pope Manufacturing company, that a farm located ten miles from any city on a macadamized road is worth at least doublé as much as the same farm would h" located five miles from the same city ou an ordinary country road. Foreigners, especially Englishmen and Frenchmen, who vlsit this country are invjiriably struck with the frightful condition of our country roads. Mauy of the best roads in France were constructed by the old Napoleon for military purposes, but by caref ui attention have been kept good to this day. It is to be hoped that every town in every county of New Jersey will interest itself in macadamized roads. Ten thousand miles of macadamized roads in the state will add at least doublé the cost of such roads to the valuation of all property located on the Unes of such thoroughfare8 and perhaps even a greater percentage than this.


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