@SarahSon - Asphalt can be a great replacement for gravel. Gravel roads don't usually get a lot of traffic, and if the area starts to get more built up the number of cars on the road can start to make it rough and unpleasant. Resurfacing with asphalt can be a good way to take the increased, but still relatively light load.
Where I don't like asphalt is on a major road. For reasons known only to themselves, my state uses asphalt instead of concrete for some pretty busy roads. Which means they get torn up again relatively quickly. Which means another Spring, Summer and Fall of orange barrels, closed lanes, and traffic jams.
Everything has its place. I just wish the Road Commission could figure that out and start building roads that last a while.