The paving of roadways originally developed from the inadequacy of natural soils to support vehicles and pedestrian traffic. Thus a pavement serves as a nearly rigid covering which distributes otherwise highly concentrated surface loads over wider areas of the underlying soils, Most natural soils are deficient for direct roadway service unless such a covering is provided or unless the soil itself is solidified, concreted, or otherwise reinforced, Attempts to compensate soils for these inadequacies in order to minimize the thickness of pavement needed have developed into a specialized aspect of highway design and construction known as soil stabilization.

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No. 126

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