RUSHVILLE — 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