Road Rehab Job Leaves Some James Crt Residents Upset
James Court micro surfacing job
Prince George, B.C.- It’s called micro-surfacing, a process meant to extend the life of existing asphalt on residential roads that don’t have high traffic volumes.On Sunday, James Court was subject to such a project, one that has left some residents ticked, saying the job was nothing short of a mess.
City staff got the message, and visited the site. They have noted some “deficiencies” in the work, and the contractor will be returning to James Court to make the necessary upgrades.
( at right, area of asphalt that was missed on James Court )
“For the areas that were missing, that’s considered a deficiency and they ( the contractor) has been spoken to about that” says Gina Layte-Liston, Associate Director of Public Works for the City.
She part of the problem is the layout of James Court itself . The cul-de-sac is a tight circle with a centre island, which makes it difficult for machinery to navigate in order to lay down the material. That means some of the work has to be done by hand.
Micro surfacing is one of the most affordable ways to extend the life of existing asphalt. It can be likened to sealing one’s driveway, but with a thicker mix of product made up of dense graded aggregate, asphalt emulsion, water and mineral fillers. It is a surface repair only and does not repair cracks, failed asphalt or potholes.
“I think there might be some perception pieces when it comes to this ( micro-surfacing) in comparison to other projects” says Gina Layte -Liston “This is not what is done on Ospika or major collectors” where the road may be paved, or existing pavement lifted and relayed, leaving a smooth surface. “It is not a paving project, it is a micro-surface project.”
Weather permitting, the contractor will be returning to James Court this week to correct the deficiencies. The contractor will also be looking to re-do some of the hand applied areas with the machine “where they could”. Layte-Liston says it is possible there may be some areas that cannot be done by machine and they will have to be done by hand. She says the contractor has made some adjustments to the equipment to provide a much improved result. “When that work is complete the contractor will let our supervisors know that, and then there’s another assessment of it.”
While the hand applied areas don’t look as nice as the that applied by machinery, the surface remains pliable for a few days and traffic will help smooth it over.