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Turnpike

What’s the difference between a turnpike and a highway? In the 1700s, privately funded roads were constructed in the Northeast to connect commercial centers, but tolls were charged in order to pay for the wood planks that covered the road;...

Macadam

A native of Southern Pennsylvania has always used the term macadam in place of asphalt. Martha traces the word from an old gravel road to the modern day tarmac. This is part of a complete episode.

weeping tile

weeping tile  n.— «Key components to this portion of the project, besides the 6 x 6 lumber, are a perforated four-inch drain pipe (also referred to as weeping tile), course gravel, 10-inch galvanized spikes, a 1/4 inch ship auger and a...

Sierra cement

Sierra cement  n.— «The only vehicles allowed were gravel trucks and graders working to remove what is known as “Sierra cement,” the type of thick, clumpy snow that can play havoc with tire treads and drivers’ nerves.» —“Many Without...

Hesco hobbit

Hesco hobbit  n.— «Kandahar Air Field is a Hilton by comparison, populated by what the frontliners call Hesco Hobbits, hescos being the two-metre-high buffers filled with gravel that surround the base.…And they wouldn’t mind if the...