1. That it shall be lawful for any board of chosen freeholders of any of the several
counties of this state, when said board deem it for the best interests of such county
to lay out, open, construct, improve and maintain a public road, extending through
such county in any direction, to submit by resolution the question whether or not
such public road shall be laid out, opened, constructed, improved and maintained as
provided for in this act, to the electors of said county at an election to be held
at the same time and place of holding the general election in and for said county
for members of the general assembly of this state, which election shall be conducted
by the same officers as may be chosen or designated to conduct such election for members
of the general assembly, and if a majority of such electors voting on said question
shall vote in the manner hereinafter provided for said public road, then such board
of chosen freeholders shall be invested with all the rights and powers necessary and
expedient to lay out, open, construct, improve and maintain such public road, but
if the majority of such electors so voting shall vote against such public road, then
nothing in this act shall apply to or be effective in such county; which said resolution
shall specify approximately the termini and general course or route of such road,
and name the townships, towns and the wards or aldermanic districts or other similar
districts or divisions of cities through which the same is to run.
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