Story: Roads

City streets

City streets

A horse-drawn grader spreads out road metal while in the background a steamroller compacts it. The road is probably being readied for sealing with asphalt or even concrete. In most areas city roads and streets were sealed long before open roads, due to the prohibitive cost. Experiments with sealing streets in Auckland and Wellington in the early 1900s showed that asphalt was about one-fifth of the price of concreting.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, H. N. Whitehead Collection (PAColl-3068)
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Photograph by Henry Norford Whitehead

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Carl Walrond, 'Roads - Building roads', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016