Street oiling began Monday in Greenville.
Bill Grider, superintendent of Public Works, said about 92,000 square yards of roads will be oiled, covering 26 sections of streets.
A total of 27,555 gallons of oil will be used in addition to 1,148 ton of rock to cover the oil.
Grider said the city has a rotation and every four to five years, crews check streets in a particular section of town to see which ones need a new coat of oil.
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Grider said the oil is a preventative maintenance measure. The oil seals the road and keeps rainwater from entering through cracks in the surface. If that happens, the roads can break up in winter weather.
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Grider said the kind of oil being used requires that rock be applied quickly. He indicated a new machine is being used to spread the rock, doing the entire width of the road in one trip.
Three days were set aside to oil streets.