Paving Roads in Miami 1921



Paving Roads in Miami (18 k)


Paving roads in the 1920s was hard work. Crewmen always wore white shirts as they rode along the streets unloading and smoothing the asphalt. Workmen seen here paving North Miami Avenue near 3rd Street dumped hot-mixed asphalt material from the truck onto dump boards. The material was then shoveled onto the road where it was manually raked smooth to grade and contour. The steam-engine steel wheel rollers that were used to compact the pavement during this time are now a part of history and now can only be found in museums. Today, asphalt pavers with automatic screed controls are used to provide an evenly spread and finished surface ready for compaction.