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Really Bad Roads
New Jersey Shares a National Problem


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Though it may have been something of an improvement over past thoroughfares, this muddy, rutted, dirt road still suggests the poor conditions drivers faced in the early 20th century. In general, rural America had worse roads than cities; more durable roads were built in urban industrial and residential areas to accommodate the concentrated numbers of people and goods and the need to transport them.

Postcard, "Brunswick Ave. Bloomsbury, N.J.," about 1914
Collections of The New Jersey Historical Society
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