With the city short on funds for inspecting work performed the citizens need to lend a hand and make sure money is well spent an the job done job correctly.
This city is about to embark on an almost half a million dollar ($481,598.05) project to slurry seal, crack seal, base repair and applying a leveling course were necessary on 63 streets totaling about 10 miles of roadway in one of the older neighborhoods of tract homes commonly referred to as Windsong Valley.
See Map below
Several areas need to be watched carefully.
1. Cleaning of the roadway, Dirt reduces the bond between the sealcoat and the pavement. The sealer will adhere to the dirt…but the dirt won’t adhere to the pavement.
2. Cracks need to be cleaned completely and routed properly. See photo of cities instructions to the contractor regarding the routing and filling of cracks.
(A Quick reference for width and depth is a penny which is 3/4 inches in diameter, routed cracks should accept a penny.)
3. All cracks routed or not should be blown out with hot air to remove all loose dirt debris and grass.
I walk those very streets, and not once have I thought it was the city’s responsibility to clean the gutters in front of someone’s house. I’ve only ever thought that the homeowner was a slob, which nearly every time his house is just as bad as the gutter in front of it. If this is a city issue, then like with other things in a ‘low tax’ community, people should alert those in charge. Better yet, the people that live in such areas should pick up a flat shovel, spend all of ten minutes, and do the work themselves. I don’t go OCD on the gutters in front of my house (which, living on a corner house, I have FAR more than most people do) but I do clean them at least quarterly.
Joseph – I grew in same time era where Saturday mornings was lawn day. Everyone mowed the lawn, trimmed the edges, sweep the sidewalks and gutters and then washed what was left down the street. Those days have been disappearing with the availability of lawn maintenance companies that mow the lawn and then blow everything into the roadway. You want it picked up you pay extra. Since passage of the Clean Water Act of 1977, Water Quality Act of 1987, the Clean Air Act of 1990 it has become the cities responsibility to remove dirt from the roads so as to clean up the air and prevent harmful chemicals from being washed downstream then entering the groundwater.