Though during the sway of the Romans over Palestine they made a few substantial roads for their carts and chariots, yet for the most of the time, as today, the Jews had nothing such as we call roads, but only footpaths through which animals walk in single file. These are never cared for, no repairs are made or obstacles removed. This fact brings into striking prominence the figure of repairing a highway for the return of the captives, or the coming of the great King, and you can find more about that here on st-takla.org on other commentaries and dictionary entries. On special occasions kings had roads prepared for the progress of their armies, or their own going from place to place: ED.
Main reference: Smith's Bible Dictionary (1860s)
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