I'm from New Zealand and I've NEVER heard of gravel roads. We always say metal roads. Mind you, I'm a North Islander. Maybe it's different in the South. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 08:43, 4 May 2009 (UTC)
- In Australia, basalt and similar rocks are quarried wherever they are found, and transported considerable distance, to form the surface of "gravel roads", because it is the best rock for this purpose. It is commonly called "blue metal", although it is stone, not metal, because of its typical dark gray / bluish appearance. The usage of "metal roads" in New Zealand, or part of it, probably has a similar source.Lathamibird (talk) 06:15, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
The suggestion that the logger get free timber is misleading. The value of timber as appraised usually assmumes that there is access to it. If building the access is expensive, it may consume most the the value of a particlar harvest tract, but that doesn't make it free to the contractor. the contractor ends up being a road builder who gets paid in trees instead of cash. Those aren't free trees. when done, the landowner has a road that is available for recreational use, firefighting, and access to nearby stands of timber for forest management activities.Rvannatta 04:46, 22 July 2007 (UTC)
A gravel road seems at least superficially very similar to a macadam road, these both being roads of small rock over dirt. Would be good to see the distinguishing points (I believe it is that macadam is specifically crushed rock, and gravel is any small rock of the appropriate size) expanded on. Azurelunatic (talk) 14:38, 21 November 2010 (UTC)
Metal is not always synonymous with gravel
The introduction says, "In New Zealand, and other Commonwealth countries, they may be known as 'metal roads'." However, it seems that some sources distinguish between gravel and crushed stone. A 1912 New Zealand report said, "Some 64 yards of metal and about 3 yards of gravel have been put on the road." Does anyone else think the distinction should be clarified?
- "Raglan County Council". Waikato Argus. 1912-05-09. p. 2. Retrieved 2017-10-17.