Roman roads were often very well constructed and heavily traveled. As it has been said before, all roads led to Rome (or at least did). The cities were built in a grid pattern, with major roads crossing at the center of the town or city. Roads were extremely important to a Roman city because the grid network made by the roads determined the plan of the city. Often times, the sides of the roads were raised up to protect the pedestrians from traffic and trash that was often found in the roads. These roads also had stepping stones across them so that people could cross from one side to the other without having to step in the waste that was often present in the road. The gaps between these stepping stones were the standard width of the wheelbase of all vehicles of that time period. Although most of the roads were made of stone and well kept, the roads that were less traveled or located in poorer areas were not always the first to be repaired.
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