sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Tue Dec 10 16:44:40 UTC 2002
>I've been following this thread intermittently, forgive me if it's been
>mentioned, but I used to be puzzled in Upstate NY by signs the highway dept.
>would put up "Road recently oiled" which meant they'd put a new layer of
>what we called "tar" down as far as I could tell. Not sure what the "oil"
>The blacktop for us was a basketball court or other play area with blacktop
It may be a practice now abandoned for environmental considerations, but I
believe the "recently oiled" warnings did actually refer to oil being
spread on dust&gravel roads to keep the dust down in dry weather. Our town
had quite a few miles of unpaved roads in the 70s & 80s which would be
oiled for a stretch near the occasional house, as a favor to the residents.
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