Boone County Micro-Experimenting with Roads
"There's a crack, and I've done it a million times, but I twisted my ankle and hurt myself," said Heather White.
"Oh my gosh, the roads do need repair!" said Denise Schoennoehl.
Richard Blackthorn said, "They've got a lot of breaking around the edges, just where they are falling into the yard, people are hitting them with their lawnmowers."
The Boone County Commission has approved about $2 million in sales tax revenue for road improvements, including $50,000 for resurfacing in a subdivision south of Columbia.
But, crews won't use asphalt there, because the Public Works Department plans to test a new technique.
"Micro-surfacing is a slurry of oil and rock that is spread out on the road," said David Mink, public works director. "It's very black and it's smooth, and does a good job sealing up the road."
Boone County chose the subdivision to try micro-surfacing because the department is right across the street.
"This neighborhood needed the work done on the streets, and it's also convenient for us to keep track of it after the work is done," Mink explained.
Micro-surfacing costs more, but the county hopes it will last longer and look better, and neighbors said that's fine with them. Crews will also resurface Martin Lane in Ashland and Schooler Road near Hallsville this summer.