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.