Vanessa Shildt and Elise Schultz
Slowly over time people began to improve the roads. They started to make the roads out of gravel and stone. To pay for these roads, tolls were collected from the travelers. Over time these toll roads became known as turnpikes.
1806 was the first time that Congress approved funds for the national road-building project. Work on this road began in 1811 but was not finished until 1818 due to the War of 1812. The road stretched from Cumberland, Maryland to Wheeling and eventually extended to Illinois.
Today roads contain many of the same qualities that they had in the 1800s. For example, today we still have turnpikes. They still collect tolls as you pass through. However, roads in the 1800s were made of gravel and stone, whereas today they are mostly constructed of asphalt and cement.