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Dreading what they are going to do to my street!

I don't know if they do this in your area but in recent years instead of repaving local side streets, they lay a thick layer of pea gravel on the road and let the residents work that in. I have ran across it unexpectedly and for that first week or so, it is super unstable to ride in, especially turning. We live in a cul du sac and there are only a handful of residents here so not a lot of traffic to work that gravel in.

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I don't know if they do this in your area but in recent years instead of repaving local side streets, they lay a thick layer of pea gravel on the road and let the residents work that in. I have ran across it unexpectedly and for that first week or so, it is super unstable to ride in, especially turning. We live in a cul du sac and there are only a handful of residents here so not a lot of traffic to work that gravel in.
They do the tar and chip treatment on many roads down here. Spray a coating of asphalt down, then a layer of crushed granite. The crushed rock has sharp edges that is tough on tires, and even after it is run in and all the loose stuff is off the road, it is still rough and noisy to ride on. Depending on traffic it can take a month or more until there is no loose stuff on the road. Overall a real PITA.

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They don't use pea gravel in my neck of the woods, they used to do the chip seal. As was stated above, sharp edges and hard on tires. The last couple years the state of California has been doing alot of capping with asphalt. I'm sure not complaining about the roads that they repave, very nice. Paying for it with all that printed money though.

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It will be a little tricky for awhile, but in the long run is cost effective.

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The do it here in Arkansas as well...People won't slow down in the temp posted zones and it's **** on windshields. Be careful and watch the turns for a month or so.
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I don't know what's worse, chip sealing or streets whose condition is like the Road of Bones. That seems to be the choice in my neighborhood once the frost heaves have done their damage (i.e., some are too bad to chip seal but not enough money to fix properly).
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It's even worse here, there leaving the road alone and taking away my meadow and gonna build houses... bummer.
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It will be a little tricky for awhile, but in the long run is cost effective.
Yes, it's COST EFFECTIVE for the state, local jurisdiction or who's ever in charge of that operation. They really don't give a rats a$$ about the people, the tires, the floating gravel pieces that get picked up and lodged in tires only to be thrown out at higher speeds into windshields and chip up the paint on hood edges and grill, bumpers etc. They "The government" states that it's a "longevity" thing. It lasts a lot longer than standard paving does. The reason, you're driving on "Rocks" not sand and oil with a glue in it.

Well, we too live on a cul-de-sac and, there was no reason in **** that they needed to do it. The pavement was flawless that was already there. But, after a few phone calls, I finally got to a high enough supervisor who stated that the "computer" said it was time for a coating on the road and that no one had actually sent an inspector out to see what condition the existing pavement was in. They simply ordered up the "Crap" coating based on the computer telling them to. Great system huh? They hadn't started just yet and that supervisor came out for a look. He was a bit embarrassed. He said there's no way our road needed any coating or maintenance but, THE GEARS WERE IN MOTION and there was nothing he could do about the install of the chip coat.

Our neighbors were so pissed. They had kids falling off bikes, kids running and slipping and falling because the "glue" did not hold the chips. We all called again and, they came out and re-coated the entire street again.

Since that coating, our street has been recoated with a rubber/asphalt/micro chip high tech coating that, while seriously better, is not the smooth pavement it was when we moved in 19 years ago. Oh well. That's our government for you.
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