From the Superintendent, at my request, the list of streets the DPW will work on this summer, beginning in mid-July:
TOWN OF MEDFIELD
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
KENNETH P. FEENEY
To: Board of Selectmen
Attached is the listing of the 2015 stone seal roads .
STONE SEAL ROADS
Elm Street School to line
Pete, Green Street was done this way in 2009 and Pine Street a few years earlier. I’d argue that both streets would look the same today if they had not been resurfaced with the chip-and-tar approach a few years ago. The financial or technical benefits from this technique are marginal because major road repairs are still needed at the same intervals.
So while there is no clear advantage, there are many disadvantages. Tire noise increases drastically, and there are health implications for residents from increased noise and noise-related stress. There is dust pollution during construction and for months after construction. The surface is not adequate for road bikes because of the rough texture and the loose aggregate. Loose aggregate will damage vehicle paint as well.
There is growing resistance against this technology around the country and we should stop using it in Medfield rather sooner than later.