I live in a part of WA state that only uses this miserable type of chip seal and do most of my riding elsewhere. My protests about this have made no difference--I've been told it's the most economical way to do it. I now do most of my riding elsewhere now. I have noticed this type of road "improvement" being used more the past few years in other places, presumedly due to budget constraints. Expect it to continue. Seems everyone wants great services and amenities but the idea of getting back to historical tax rates (especially on the wealthy) is anathema to many. When I was a kid, camping was free everywhere, there were no fees to park for a hike, I couold pay for a full year of college, room, board, and tuition, on a kid's part-time job pay, etc.