How are ancient Egyptian and modern American road construction linked?

Maxwell Lay, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, lead author of Paving Our Ways: A History of the World’s Roads and Pavements (CRC Press, 2020), talks with Civil Engineering about how roads have evolved over the millennia, the milestone moments that have made modern roads possible, and his thoughts on how changing demands for fossil-fuel-based vehicles might impact road construction in the future.

Civil Engineering: Could I get a quick elevator pitch of the book and its findings?

ML: The book is an attempt to give an international picture on the development of road pavement since the beginning of time to the

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