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Kentucky's Frontier HighwayHistorical Landscapes along the Maysville Road$
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Karl Raitz and Robert Roland-Holst

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136646

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136646.001.0001

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Road Evolution

Road Evolution

(p.47) 5 Road Evolution
Kentucky's Frontier Highway

Karl Raitz

Nancy O’Malley

University Press of Kentucky

The evolution of the Maysville Road began as an organic track not constructed with tools, but formed through gradual, additive accumulation—animal trails, human footpaths, and vehicular tracks conforming to the earth's topographic surface. The organic road was upgraded by adding broken stone surfacing and improvements in transportation technology—wagons replaced by engine-powered trucks—led to demands for higher quality roads. Yet, large-scale road improvement was beyond the capabilities of individuals, neighborhoods, and county-level governments. State- or national-level governments had to provide the financial and engineering resources to assure road improvement. The first road across open, unsettled country tends to be transductive; its establishment and use directs a sequence of newer roads along the same corridor.

Keywords:   Organic road, Technology, Finance, Engineering, Transductive

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