Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Is Anyone Asking About The Quality Of The Asphalt Work On City Streets?
Downtown commuters were treated to a flurry of paving jobs on downtown streets during the last several months of 2010. If you examine the asphalt work done closely, you will discover most of the asphalt work was poorly performed. The seams are very noticeable and rough, the paving work is uneven, water stands in some areas and the asphalt appeared to be of a substandard grade. The newly-paved streets are already crumbling in many places, particularly around manholes. Potholes began appearing after the first thaw on several of the newly-paved streets because of areas where water seeped into the pavement and froze. I have to wonder if city engineers are doing their jobs and demanding the contractors repair these badly-performed street projects at no additional expense to taxpayers. If these newly-paved streets look this bad after a few months, what will they look like a year or two from now?