Initial surface treatments of so-called traffic-bound macadam rural secondary roads presents a challenging but frustrating problem in the over-all highway program. In many cases, these roads do not merit the expenditures that would be needed to construct the type of pavement desired, yet there is a need for a dust-free, all-weather type of surface for these roads. It may be argued, for instance, that initial surfacing should be deferred until such time that the construction of a proper base and surface would be justified. On the other hand, one might argue that even a light surfacing would be preferred despite the fact that expensive maintenance might be incurred subsequently. Notwithstanding these or other persuasive arguments, initial treatment work comprises an engrossing proportion of the highway program.

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No. 188

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