Our highway department would prefer to see that the center circle of cul-de-sacs be paved over, as that simplifies snow plowing (and since this is northern Massachusetts, we do get a fair bit of snow). On the other hand, such circles are downright ugly for the remaining 8-9 months of the year, not to mention increasing the impervious cover. I'm also not fond of grass, as it requires mowing and fertilizer to stay nice.
Does anyone have any alternatives? Perhaps some design standards for a reserved area on the outside of the cul-de-sac for snow, along with planting options
for the center?
I'm not that familiar with the real needs of the snow plow drivers. I know that we do use a combination of larger dump trucks (10 wheelers) and smaller full-size pickups for plowing (the latter are frequently indepedent contractors).