Nicknamed corduroy road, Log-laid Roads consist of whole logs, or logs split down the middle, that is laid across the roadway, one tightly against the next, to create a resistant road surface over swampy and reduce the discomfort of traveling over the corduroy-like surface. The Invention of Log-laid Road
The Invention of Log-laid Road
Despite enabling easier travel through once inaccessible places. corduroy roads could be dangerous for the user.
In the best of conditions the ride was already bumpy and uncomfortable, but if rain washed away the sandy cover or logs became loose or wet, the surface became highly hazardous to horses and any vehicles that were attached to them.
The first known Log-laid Road was constructed in 4000 B.C.E. evidence of corduroy roads, made from oak planks covering marshy areas, has been found in Glastonbury England dating back to 3800 B.C.E.
Over the centuries Log-laid Roads have mainly been replaced by planks road, using flat boards instead of logs to give a smoother journey, however both the Nazi and Soviet forces created them on the eastern front in world war II more recently corduroy roads have lost their original function and become the foundations for another surface after decaying very slowly in anaerobic soils.
in the united states, roads such as the Alaska highway that was built in the early twentieth century retain their Log-laid foundations.