American Society of Highway Engineers newsletter, “The Scanner”
published an interesting article in its Nov. 5 edition. A bit out
of the norm for “The Scanner,” it featured a detailed, although
not lengthy article about the highways of ancient Rome.
writer, Dave Smith, professional engineer and land surveyor specializing
in highway design, surveying and mapping, custom engineering and
more, makes the point “there is still no substitute for vision,
experience and ingenuity in highway design.”
to this is the fact that sections of these roads are still intact
“in one form or another,” even after 2,000 years, and obviously
a fascinating example of unparalleled design and construction for
the interesting facts Smith points out: Roman highways had milemarkers.
were well signed and marked at every mile with a stone monument,
of tremendous accuracy.”
writes that mile markers were often monumental in themselves, many
standing 6 feet tall, and bearing mileages to the next town and
intermediate points, as well as dates and names of the builders.
if they had mile markers, did ancient Romans have odometers? Smith
says yes, sort of. According to his report, they utilized a form
of odometer, essentially a calibrated, geared mechanism attached
to the wheel of a cart for measuring distances and setting mile
read Smith’s entire article, go to http://www.highwayengineers.org/scanner_summer03j.html.