You know. The rough aggregate with high rolling resistance that is pervasive on seal coated highways in Texas. It's the bane of cyclist and motorist alike. Noisy, tire chewing, gas guzzling stuff.
My question is: When traveling by bike or car in other states, do you recall encountering much of the type of rough seal coat used in Texas? I don't, raising the question of why is TDOT so enamored of the stuff? If it's so great, why don't we see it used extensively in all states? Are they just not as savvy as TDOT?
I am trying to gather as much info as possible before firing off a letter to Austin officialdom. My research so far does not seem to support their argument that it is 'safer.' The argument that it is 'cheap' doesn't jive with fact that it is rarely used on city streets.