5837-1a - History of Road Building Via Appia or the Appian...

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1 History of Road Building Via Appia or the “Appian Way” by the Romans Construction started in 312 B.C. 350 miles long, connecting Rome to Capua to Brundisium. 3 layers of hand-placed stones, totaling 3 to 5 feet deep. Map of Appian Way (Connecting Brundisium to Rome) Remain of Appian Way in Rome Remain of Appian Way near Rome Remain of Appian Way in Minturno, Italy History of Road Building (continued) “Royal Road” by the Persians Construction ended in 323 B.C. Approx. 1755 miles long, across Southwest Asia and Asia Minor. Travel time was 3 months and 3 days (an average of 19 miles per day)
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2 Map of ancient Royal Road built by the Persians in 323 B.C. John Metcalfe 1717 – 1810 Born 4 decades before John McAdam. Blind at age of 6. Built 180 miles of road in Yorkshire. Used good drainage, a good foundation using large stones covered with excavated material to raise the road bed, followed by a layer of gravel. The road was cambered to allow water to drain into the
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