I got this from a local resident a week or so ago:
The city has dumped tons of gravel on nearly new streets, including Jefferson Parkway and Maple and others branching off Jefferson. I’ve never in my life seen dry gravel poured on new blacktop streets. I just don’t get it. It kicks up dust and nicks the paint on cars and gets bounced up in to yards, but serves no purpose at all. Seems a good rain tonight will wash much of it off the roadway.
I thought this was the usual gravel-on-oil-on-blacktop which then gets swept up after a couple of weeks… a way to extend the life of the blacktop.
But then today I noticed that the city has painted parking lines over the gravel in the NCRC parking lot. So it’s evidently permanent. Anybody know what’s going on?