When I was in my teens, the road we lived on was dirt. I remember them spraying it every summer with some nasty smelling stuff. It wasn't until many years later that they paved it. Of course, I was moved away by then, but when I went to visit my parents, it was a much easier drive since I didn't have to go around all the pot holes.
Now my nieces are enjoying the old road (that branches off the one mentioned above) that my sister and I used to walk just about every day in the summer. It definitely was a pretty sight then and still is.