SINCE the author made the first tests as to the tarring of macadamized and… ather roads about ten years ago, the question has been taken up in France by the Dust Prevention League, and the results were discussed at the International Cangress of Roads held at Paris in 1908 and at the Brussels Congress of 1910. Since that time, it may be said that surface tarring has entered into standard practice. As regards the question of hygiene, it appears that the desired end has already been reached, inasmuch as the amount af dust is much lessened. The other paint to be considered is that of cost. All road engineers are agreed that tarring has the effect of lessening the wear of roads and increasing the life of the pavement, to say nothing af the reduction in street-cleaning expenses, including watering, mud removal, and sweeping. But it was somewhat difficult up to the present to give any good figures for the economy realized on any given road. In fact, it requires a certain time to estimate the economic results as to upkeep of a road where the nature and amaunt af traffic vary considerably from one year to another. At present we are able to give some figures relating to the Avenue du Bois de Boulogne, a wide avenue leading out to the large park of the same name. The figures are given by M. Bret, ane af the city engineers. This avenue is one af the finest in Europe, measuring 0.93 mile in length and 53 feet in width, and being bordered by a riding track and a footway. The total surface is 25,466 square yards. It was newly macadamized in September, :906, and was first tarred in May, 1907. Since then it has not been macadamized; before the tarring was adopted it had to be re-laid every three years. The figures for expenses were drawn up for three and one-half years preceding the tarring, then for four years afterwards. Comparison of the figures shows that the annual saving up to the present is 11 cents per square yard, or about 25 per cent on the re-laying and upkeep expenses alone, not counting the economy on cleaning expenses. It is noticed that the road was tarred only once in 1907, and after 1908 it was tarred twice a year, in spring and autumn. The author, who is a leading official of the league, arranged with the city engineers so as to have tarring done in autumn in order to have a fresh surface for the winter traffic. The result was striking, and in the spring following it was found that the surface was still in a very good state and the tar had remained on the greater part of the road surface, except in the middle where it had commenced to wear off. The Economic question involved appears to be settled, and the life of the road may be considered as doubled, so that the tarring! expenses are more than made up by the increased wear, as above shown. On the other hand, the frequent relaying of ordinary roads, which requires two months, causes great disturbance in the traffic, while the tarring process needs but a few days in order to allow the tar to dry. As regards the efficiency of the process in laying dust, the results are remarkable. Before this, the avenue in question had to be frequently sprinkled in the hot season every two or three hours, but one washing per day is all that is now required, and no one complains of the dust. Many thousands of automobiles per day pass over the avenue, so that at certain times, it used to be almost impossible to carry out the sprinkling; hence arose great clouds of dust and much discomfort and spoiling of clothes_ At present this has disappeared, and all agree as to the benefits of the tarring process. It would be too much to say that tarring could be carried out with equal advantage on all kinds of macadamized roads, for in the present case the traffic, No-Tank you! 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Opposed to this opinion were the other road engineers of nearly all the nations represented, and they showed the- good results which road tarring had given, claiming that in towns having a lighter traffic this could be used to advantage. To conclude, a judicious choice should be made, and the tarring should not be done on macadamized roads where the heavy traffic required a re-laying every two years or even once a year. Such roads should certainly be paved, reserving the tarring for other kinds of ways. The question, however, has been raised as to whether tarred roads have not a bad effect on the eyes of drivers and also upon trees and plants which border the routes. As to the harm done to the eyes, proof appears to be wanting, as the road from Paris to Versailles is entirely tarred, as well as the above-mentioned avenue, and we hear of no serious complaints for eight or nine years past, nor upon the roads in the south of France around Nice, where the dust is much greater, Laboratory experiments as to the effect of such dust on animals' eyes are of no avail, as any kind of dust is of course bad for the eyes. Opinions are divided as to trees and! flowers. Plant· growers claim that dust and tar·vapors cause harm, while engineers think this is exaggerated. At Paris, the opinion is in favor of the tarring, in spite of any sIight harm that; may be done, owing to its other advantages. Dr. Griffon, in a paper read be·, fore the Academy, speaks first of tar vaporS and then of dust. Vapor is bad for plant cells in laboratory tests, but this is not conclusive, as in reality such vapor must be very weak. He noticed that after the spreading and during the hardening of the yet unused roads, no effect was seen on the plants. As to dust, this has some effect on weak plants such as the begonia and others, which is not given from ordinary roads, but trees and shrubbery, also most plants and flowers, appear to show no harm. Leaves of trees may become brown or withered, but this often occurs in city streets, and is due to other causes. On the whole, his extensive inqUIrIes in France and England lead him to favor the tarring. No complaint apears to be heard in other countries. Since 1910, over 10,000 miles of road has been tarred in England, and the review The Surveyor does not note any serious injury to the eyes nor to plants. In Germany the same opinion appears to prevail, as also in Belgium. Owners of villas and gardens in the Riviera are among the most prominent members of the league, showing that they still favor the tarring. One reason for this latter opinion is that the plants in the south are of stronger growth, which leads to the opinion that the plants on Paris avenues should be changed. To bring out the question, the Prefect of the Seine department lately appointed a commission of leading experts. Shrubbery and various plants will be set out along tarred and un· tarred routes to compare results, and laboratory tests will be made upon any spots occurring in leaves. Attempts are made to purify tar and some samples are now produced which are much less harmful to plants and come near to Norway tar, which is quite inoffensive. It remains to be seen whether this will be economical or not, In any case, it seems evident that it is better to change the plants than to abandon the tarring, owing to its disadvantages. Dust also needs to be suppressed as much as possible. Even while no dust comes from the wear of the road itself, such is urought from the outside by wind or vehicles. 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This article was originally published with the title "Recent Views on Road-Tarring"