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Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Powers, A. C.
Country roads, pp. 115-121 PDF (2.0 MB)
116 COUNTRY ROADS. COUNTRY ROADS. A. C. POWER, Bdoit, Wis. A. C. PowruRS Mr. Chairman:-Among the fore- most subjects claiming the attention of the people at this time and one that merits thoughtful consideration at the hands of every tax payer is that of good roads which stands paramount Notwithstanding the fact that for the past fifteen years there has scarcely been a gathering whether called to discuss theology or law, the rights of women or the wrongs of men, that have not passed resolu- tions setting forth the deplorable con- ditions of our country roads, and ask- ing that something be done for their betterment Wisconsin took no steps towards changig her laws in favor of road improvement until the sesion of 1M when the Apple bill became a law Lthough it has its weak points, it's a ng stride in the right direction and * trust it's a stepping stone for other ad better laws. aod Effects of the New Road Law. In the southern portion of the state mite a percentage of the towns are rorking under the new law and the Improved condition of the highways in Lese towns is very marked, as they have accomplished more in three years inca its passage than has been done a any twenty years under the old slip ,hod system, thus proving that a noneyed tax is one of the first requi- ates towards good roads; but in a arge portion of the state, however, ,bey are practically under the old law, with old results. What is needed is a change that will produce a permanency of good qualities in the highway, and mot something which at best shall only be a temporary makeshift, as make- shift was the basic principle of our early, and in fact, I might say, our only road law, the one under which we have been working, or perhaps a better term now would be, not work- ing, for nearly sixty years with the re- sult that in many places the highways are not as good as when civilized man wrested them from the followers of Black Hawk. They stand out in bold relief a monument, as it were, to our folly, a stretch of sand or an uninvit- ing hog wallow, a terror and an insult to the teamster and the traveling pub- Mc, which chief utility would seem to be to divide the broad acres of "A" from the broader ones of "B" and not for a public thoroughfare. Good Roads Improve BusineS. It it a self evident fact that in a sec- tion poeseing good roads, there is a greater business activity than In oRe !F"t EL . .. - I.
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