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    The asphalt road gave way about a half mile out to macadam.

    Does it mean that the asphalt road stretched for another half a mile until the macadam road started?

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    Re: give way to ...

    Yes, you have the right idea.

    This is out of context, so it is just my impression:

    To me, "gave way" here suggests that nobody had bothered to extend the asphalt any further, or that they had not bothered to maintain it, because it was a remote rural area. It is as if the asphalt has "given up" and let the more primitive road take over.

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