I’m no Roads Scholar, but it’s time for me to express my displeasure with our highways being repaved using the “simply awful” chip and seal method.
For many years, chip and seal was used on county blacktops, being an inexpensive method of maintaining these back roads. Using this treatment on a major thoroughfare would have been unthinkable.
Now, all Indiana highways are getting the black, rough, noisy and just plain ugly treatment, plus they appear to have been run over with a broad-tooth comb, leaving longitudinal grooves. These grooves are particularly disturbing if one is on a motorcycle, as the front wheel tends to do an ongoing squirmy dance.
It has come to pass that there is no state highway into or out of Rush County that has not been given this (mis)treatment. Highways 3 and 44 in both directions have fallen victim. U.S. 52, a national highway, has been “ground off,” a nasty but necessary intermediate phase of repaving. This condition has remained for a long time--who knows when the final top layer will be installed. Of greater interest is whether U.S. 52 will be given proper conventional repaving, or if it, too, will receive the dreaded chip and seal surface. (I have written to both the state and federal highway departments seeking this information, but have not yet received a reply, although replies are promised via canned messages.)
Presumably this new (for highways) treatment is being done as a money-saving act, and perhaps it is cheaper than the traditional and proper method of repaving. It certainly should be.
I would hesitate to say that the heavy hands of lobbyists for the crushed limestone, liquid tar, and tire industries might be detected here, but it is a thought.
I consider a little piece of “Road Heaven” to be State Road 3 from the Rush/Decatur line down to Greensburg. It’s the only slice of good state road remaining. It remains to be seen when it will also be converted to the nasty chip and seal surface.
While this method of treating highways may indeed save governments some money, no one has mentioned the millions of tires that will be worn out before their time by the new rough, rasp-like surface. Tire dealers should be delighted.
The chips used in chip and seal are like billions of tiny razors. While some of those edges may be softened somewhat by the liquid tar poured upon them, the damaging surface remains.
Perhaps some expert from the Department of Transportation will successfully debunk every claim laid out in this letter. If they’re sufficiently convincing, I’ll backtrack.
But I’ll never backtrack from declaring that the chip and seal method is a major step backward in our infrastructure; sadly, I fear, just one example of many ongoing steps backward for our state and nation.
If you have an opinion, pro or con, I invite you to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizen of Rush County; native of Decatur County
- Letters to the Editor
- Letter to the Editor Thank you Dear Editor, I would like to thank Monte Sitton and all others for a great job cleaning the streets of Manilla. I think Rush County and the state did a great job for what they had to deal with. Thanks again. Vicki Weitzel Manilla Letter to
- Letters to the Editor Thank you Dear Editor, We want to thank all who came to our 50th wedding anniversary and made it a perfect success. Love you all, Bill & Kay Beadle Thank you Dear Editor, R.U.S.H., Rushville United Santa Helpers, formally Toys for Tots, would like to
- Letter to the Editor Thank you Dear Editor, I wish to thank each one of you for your phone calls, visits, cards and gifts in honor of my Aunt Dorothy Crawley's 100th birthday. Each one of you brought great joy and happiness to her on her very special day. Following is he
- Letters to the Editor Thank you Dear Editor: From the family of Anna Laker, we would like to thank all our friends for the kind words, to Father Jeremy Gries for his fine services and kind words and a special thank you to Jim Todd for his leadership in our time of loss. A
- Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, The family of Pat Osting thank the Glenwood Fire Department EMT's and Rush Memorial Hospital Ambulance crews, the emergency room staff and Father Jeremy Gries for the mass and being there in her time of need. We thank Jim Todd for his le
- Thank you from the library staff Dear Editor, As we turn the page from 2013 to 2014, the trustees and staff of the Rushville Public Library wish to extend our appreciation to all who supported the library this past year in one fashion or another. Most prominent is the City of Rushvi
- Letter to the Editor Deer me, an amazing sight on Airport Road Dear Editor: A couple of days ago, Marilyn had to arise at 2:40 a.m. in order to be at her desk at the Richmond Kmart at 5 a.m. I happened to be awake at the time as she looked out one of our upstairs bedroom
- Letters to the Editor Thank you from Reality Store Dear Editor, MainSource Bank would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Corporate Sponsors: MainSource Bank, Duke Energy, Beta Sigma Phi NuGamma Sorority, RushShelby Energy, Copeland, Intat, and Pizza King of
- Letters to the Editor A solution needs to be found Dear Editor, As a retired Deputy Sheriff with 35 years of experience in Rush County Law Enforcement. I now find myself a Seasoned Citizen of Rushville who must rely on the Rushville Police Department to deter crime and p
- Letter to the Editor Indy cop no longer "exemplary" Dear Editor: In reporting on the recent court case involving an Indianapolis police officer, an Indianapolis television reporter just announced that "Officer Bisard had been an exemplary officer for years." I would offe
- More Letters to the Editor Headlines