So much is there on roads that it is not necessary to go into all those
details for the present context. We will briefly look into the types of roads.
In fact, for each type of road pages can be written; but those who are in the
business of road laying must know all those details for a profitable business.
Generally, there are seven types of roads; they are Earthen roads, Gravel
roads, Kankar roads, Murrum roads, WBM roads, Bituminous roads and Concrete
earthen roads, locally available earth is used preferably. These roads are not
expensive; they are rather cheaper type of roads. These roads are not meant for
any heavy traffic; that is, vehicular traffic is much less, almost nil because
these roads are not laid for comfortable journey by vehicles. They are
primarily countryside roads. Since soil is the major component used for these
roads, rains make them muddy or even very slippery. In fact, they are something
like beaten tracks in the forest; but they are broader then the beaten tracks.
are used to lay this kind of road; generally, they are not paved roads. It is
said they are common in less-developed nations and also in rural areas.
Paving means covering the surface with
flat stones or bricks; it makes the way for a smooth traffic. But all the paved
roads must be maintained; otherwise, they become a sort of horror to ride or
drive on the paved roads. The major complaint about the paved roads is
potholes. Potholes on the road make driving least comfortable and at times
challenging. But well-maintained gravel roads can prove less expensive and more
In our next session, we shall see the
rest of the types of roads.