From the October 12, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."
1941, 75 Years Ago.
"Surfacing a main street with bituminous composition material such has just been downtown in Sycamore presents problems. Because heat softens the freshly laid material and because that should not happen before it has evenly been rolled by heavy traffic, it was necessary to keep it cool.
"Saturday afternoon the city works department smoothed the heated 'flesh' of the new stuff by turning large quantities of water loose on it. It apparently did the job because the surface was smooth Sunday."
Build me a Road. --RoadDog