Sound Off

Sound Off: The city has hired a paving company for the area around Quail Run School and the paving is absolutely awful with pockmarks in it, and when winter comes it will freeze and thaw and damage the pavement. Is there any way they can get the paving company to do a better job or get a penalty from them? The street is worse than it was.

Roger Steinbrock, marketing supervisor for the city of Lawrence, provided this response: City staff has evaluated this work, which was part of the city’s 2012 micro-surfacing project, and found no specific abnormalities with the work that was done. Typically, when micro-surfacing is done, the cosmetic appearance of a road is improved through vehicle traffic and daily use. The road’s surface should smooth over the next few months. Any area where the product used doesn’t adhere to the road will be addressed next spring through the product’s warranty.


oneflewover 5 years, 7 months ago

No. All newly re-surfaced roads in this area that I have been on are unacceptable. Pockmarks are the least of the problems. These dips and new abnormalities will not disappear with vehicle traffic and daily use. Don't feed us that BS. Who was the contractor? Vance Bros.?

mcallaigh 5 years, 7 months ago

At least yours is getting done. How did a micro-seal cause a dip any ways? Its a fraction of an inch thick.

shotgun 5 years, 7 months ago

This micro surfacing was done in our subdivision. The pockmarks in our area were caused by local residents who did not read material left on their door by the company, or just flat out did not think it applied to them. It stated that the surface should not be driven on for a few hours after application.

LogicMan 5 years, 7 months ago

They didn't block off the street, and keep flaggers there while the surface cured? That obviously should have been part of the contract.

LWbored 5 years, 7 months ago

Yes, it was a short term fix and your roads will get worse over the winter like mine did. Then you can put up with another sub-contractor in your neighborhood for 3 months who will actually fix the street like I just did. They will ruin your grass, throw trash in your yard, park their vehicles in your yard, block off your street, leave their heavy equipment where ever they want long after the project is done, and not show up for days at a time.
Annoying sub-contractors aside, my street is beautiful, my grass is ruined, and I drive around town and cannot believe the streets that some people live with over on the East / South Side. Be Thankful your on Lawrence's to-do list.

Rick Aldrich 5 years, 7 months ago

about 4 years ago the city did a water line project on our block, that went fine. however i can't say the same for the sorry&^% paving company they used. the street curb in front of our home is now about 2 inches lower that the street surface compared to before when our house address could be painted on the curb. the city still hasn't fixed the problem. but they have lied to me 5 times so far to date about getting the issue resolved.

LWbored 5 years, 7 months ago

No, not sitting in the street. Sitting IN my yard.... for weeks, even after the job was complete. I'm not crying. Just stating facts. I'm perfecting happy with my new street thank you. Thanks Lawrence.

jafs 5 years, 7 months ago

I don't see anybody complaining when the job is done right - examples?

Liberty275 5 years, 7 months ago

"You people will complain if the job isn't done right"


cabmando 5 years, 7 months ago

The problem is the economy folks.. Lack of funds is the root of evil here. What we're getting is a short term fix, not a new road surface. Patch and fill "bad" spots first then put a THIN 1/4" layer of an asphalt type product over as veneer top coat, window dressing so to speak. The old saying will hold true, "do it right or do it twice"

mcallaigh 5 years, 7 months ago

It is not just for window dressing. It seals out water so that freeze-thaw effects don't cause larger problems like potholes. Its a good idea especially where there's new joints in areas they patched potholes. Its proven that maintenance like this and crack sealing prolongs the service life of the road.

If you don't like it why don't you petition the City to raise all our taxes so they can replace all the roads every 15 years.

Rick Aldrich 5 years, 7 months ago

Hey biggunz if you come over and fix my curb I'll shut up. Until then €£## $&& mate.

blindrabbit 5 years, 7 months ago

"the problem is the economy folks" True, but only part of the problem; the real culprits were the companies that built the original road beds. Lawrence has had the misfortune of having shoddy, underbuilt roadbeds laid down not only on main streets but those in the neighborhoods as well. Fault: not only the couple of major road constructors but, the City management of these projects as well. I've been told this situation is way beyond what would be expected if the work was correctly done at the get-go.

jhawk1998 5 years, 7 months ago

check out the crap job at the corner of ohio & 19th. instead of correcting the grade they came back and put a series of cuts in the pavement. doubt that was the original plan

hipper_than_hip 5 years, 7 months ago

I think the problem is a lack of over-sight by the City. Seldom do I see a City inspector observing the work. Leaving quality control up the contractor is just asking for trouble.

Biker 5 years, 7 months ago

Lets build a $ 25 million rec center and $ 18 million library.

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