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When I walked on the road, I happened to pass a pool of mud. Somebody had already set some blocks of stones and bricks on the mud from one end to other end in order to pass it. I could pass it by treading on the blocks of stones. What do you call such a temporary arrangement to walk on?

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    I’d say that they were “stepping stones” but stepping stones can be permanent or temporary. – Jim Oct 16 '15 at 16:30
  • @Jim: Please consider posting this as an answer. Such an arrangement is indeed a sequence of stepping stones. – Drew Oct 16 '15 at 17:20
  • I’m getting on a plane. An answer will have to wait until I land. – Jim Oct 16 '15 at 17:22
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The structure you are looking for are called stepping stones. The name is applicable to any walkway of that type, whether temporary or permanent.

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It's "an improvisation" or an improvised solution

  • Improvisation is the process of devising a solution to a requirement by making-do, despite absence of resources that might be expected to produce a solution.
  • Improvised (adj) done or made using whatever is available.

an improvised bridge, for example

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    Despite the fact that that the "improvised bridge" depicted is probably many thousands of miles away from me, perhaps with an ocean or two in between, I am still incredibly uncomfortable with it existing. Well done. – Doug Warren Oct 16 '15 at 17:53
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An impromptu walkway might work.

Impromptu: Prompted by the occasion rather than being planned in advance

(AHD)

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I think you may refer to it as a temporary/emergency walkway:

  • a passage or path for walking.

( AHD)

  • or an emergency stone path.
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If you don't specifically refer to a road, it's a rudimentary workaround.

"rudimentary" definition: basic, simple, not elaborated; of a primitive kind; very imperfectly developed.

"workaround" definition: a plan, method or process of dealing with a problem without eliminating it (often used in computer science).

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makeshift walkway, or simply makeshift, is what I would call such an arrangement.

MAKESHIFT

noun

  1. a temporary expedient or substitute: We used boxes as a makeshift while the kitchen chairs were being painted.

adjective

  1. Also, makeshifty. serving as, or of the nature of, a makeshift.

Random House Dictionary

Alternately, consider jury-rigged walkway.

JURY-RIGGED

: done or made using whatever is available; "crossed the river on improvised bridges"; "the survivors used jury-rigged fishing gear"; "the rock served as a makeshift hammer"

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I think you might be looking for the adjective ad hoc:

  • Ad hoc concerned or dealing with a specific subject, purpose, or end.

Unfortunately the difficulty index is a bit high for this word :/

I crossed the ad hoc walkway today

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