Synopsis by Alice Day
A short history of road construction is given in Technology Starters: The Open Road?, another in the series of programs offering explanations about the role of technology in ancient and modern life. The design approach of the Romans, and the more recent innovations of macadam are shown, illustrated with graphics to promote further understanding. As roads became more efficient for travel, people became more mobile, and the affects on social and economic patterns are discussed. Modern problems of traffic are addressed, and various methods for easing the crowded roadways are presented.