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Really Bad Roads
New Jersey Shares a National Problem


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Over the years, various strategies were used to improve roads. Plank roads, made of thick, wooden boards, were one solution. Inexpensive and fairly easy to ride on, they became popular in the 1840s and 1850s. As the planks decayed, though, they had to be replaced—which meant rebuilding about every seven years.

Photograph, Newark plank road at Kearny, New Jersey, 1910
Collections of The New Jersey Historical Society
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