I don't know if best friend is the right word, but my bikes certainly do love the company of new asphalt. I've said it before, but they're building new roads all along my commute and man does it feel nice!
The first road I hit (which won't be repaved) is incredibly rough. The Xtracycle, with it's 2" tires, is my only bike that doesn't beat me up on that portion of my ride.
But I love images like the one above. I'll see the road half-paved in the morning and all along the way home, by evening, it is smooth sailing. I'm enjoying it while it lasts. Trucks and cars will tear it up quite a bit more than my little bike tires.