LISTEN: How to preserve your piece of Waterloo's corduroy road

Some in Waterloo region now have a piece of the corduroy road in their personal collections, but may not understand how to care for it. Lloy Osburn, a private conservator in Guelph, explains what collectors need to do to preserve the wood.

Members of the public were able to get their hands on pieces of the log road

People like Angelica Fox flocked to the Region of Waterloo's Erb Street landfill Friday morning, hoping to secure a piece of the historic corduroy road that was uncovered in uptown Waterloo this past March. (Gary Graves/CBC)

Some residents got their hands on a piece of history, literally, after picking up a segment of the corduroy road that was discovered under King Street in Waterloo during LRT construction.

In March, workers discovered the old road made of wood logs that dates back to between the late 1790s and 1816. Those logs had to be dug up for LRT construction to continue.

Now those who have a piece of the road in their collection might be wondering how exactly they should care for it.

Loy Osburn is a private conservator in Guelph and explained to CBC News' Max Leighton what collectors should do next.

A corduroy road was discovered underneath King Street in uptown Waterloo during LRT construction. The road has been removed so construction can continue. (Kate Bueckert/CBC News)

with files from Max Leighton


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