Excerpt from Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Convention of the Eastern Ontario Good Roads Association: Held in Victoria Hall, Brockville, Ont., June 28-29, 1905
Six years ago not a township had commuted statute labor. Through the efforts of the Good Roads Association Goulbourne Township. In Carleton County, was led to adopt this system. In Carleton County alone over half the townships have followed the example set by Goulbourne, and all report that they were de lighted with the change. The construction of nine sample stretches of stone road in the various counties 0f Eastern Ontario, which our Association undertook several years ago, had a very beneficial effect. Some of these stretches of road. I understand. Have not lasted as well as some expected they would, but this has been largely due to the fact that the municipalities in which they were made had not the appliances for repairing roads properly as soon as they began to show wear, and consequently they have not been as durable as they would have been had they te ceived proper attention at the right time. These stretches of road had the effect of showing thousands of people who have traveled over them that we have out lived the statute labor system of road building, and that if we are to have good roads they must be constructed by modern machinery.
One of the greatest evidences of the progress that is being made towards the construction of stone roads has been afforded by the County of Lanark, which last year expended several thousand dollars for the construction of a leading system of county macadamized roads, and which purposes expending in this work. There is every reason to believe that other counties in Eastern Ontario will soon follow the excellent example set by Lanark County in the same manner that other townships have followed the example at Goulbourne in the commutation of statute labor.
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