Road Stories

Relief works as a means of building highways in Finland, 1948—1971

The role of relief works, as a job stimulus measure in building highways in Finland after World War II, was exceptional compared to many other European countries. In Finland the use of temporary relief work crews in road construction and some other public works expanded after the war. Even the first motorway, Tarvontie, 14.5 kilometers long stretch of the Highway No 1 westwards from Helsinki to Turku, was organized as a relief works site (1956—1962).