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Street crews begin chip and seal projects

Friday, July 22, 2011

Monett Street Department crews began overlaying specific streets with chip and seal this week. Street Superintendent Russ Balmas said the city owns the spreading machine, at center, which is dropping rock from the front onto the freshly distributed oil, and the oil tanker that spreads the oil base. Only the roller, at right, has to be rented, making chip and seal work relatively cheap. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
The Monett Street Department has begun its summer chip and seal work around town.

Street Superintendent Russ Balmas said crews are spreading oil and laying fine rocks on Cleveland, West County, Park Street and Sycamore from Ninth to 13th, 10th Street from Cleveland to Sycamore, on 11th and 12th streets north from Cleveland, on Schaller Lane off 14th Street, Brookside Circle, on County Road on Marshall Hill, and on the loop approaching Monett Elementary School west of Eisenhower on Dunn, Linden and Cale.

The city uses an iron ore-based rock brought in from the St. Louis area. Balmas said the rock is stronger than locally mined limestone and has much less dust. The polymer-based oil spread under the rocks provides greater resilience and is now used statewide. Balmas said chip and seal surfacing lasts a long time and has been noticed by travelers who have commented about Monett's "purple streets."

Motorists are advised to avoid work zones to reduce the amount of oil that may get on their vehicles.

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