City Asks Granite to Redo Road Repaving

Monday, February 11 2013

Road raveling at the intersection of Airport Beach Road and Broadway

Last summer, Unalaska residents endured lengthy construction delays during the repaving of Airport Beach Road and Broadway, and they can expect more of the same this summer. Despite the amount of time Granite Construction spent on the project, the surface isn’t holding up.

“You can see that the rocks are beginning to pop out of the pavement, which isn’t supposed to happen,” city manager Chris Hladick says. “So, we’re in a dispute with the contractor. We’d like them to fix that, and the other places that are raveling. And there are also some other places where they didn’t get the right slope of the road. You can see, like in front of ITC, that there’s water standing on the road. That’s not supposed to happen.”

For now, the deterioration of the roadway isn’t a huge problem, but Hladick says in a few years, it will be.

“Once it starts, it can have a cascading effect. And then you have a pothole. The end result is a pothole, and that’s what we're trying to get rid of.”

It’s not clear exactly what went wrong during paving -- Granite Construction declined to speak with KUCB. But whether the mixture was improperly balanced, or the surface wasn’t compacted enough, Hladick says the city expects Granite to fix it.

“They’re going to have to tear up portions of the roadway. Yeah. They’ll have to grind it off and put it right, the way the specifications say in the contract.”

The city is still working out an agreement with the company for the repaving work. Hladick says Granite sat down with the design engineers on the project last month to hash out the details and scope. He didn’t rule out legal action, but said it would be better for everyone if it didn’t come to that. 

“I know Granite has a good reputation for paving in Anchorage. So, they can do it."

In the meantime, the city is withholding payment for the project.

Sign of the times on Tuesday, February 12 2013:

Sad when contractors and workers have no pride in their workmanship....its all time and materials .... if you bid too low you got to make up for it somewhere.

You see it at the processing plants. Used to be $5.25 minimum wage in the 90's and those workers worked harder than the ones getting $7.75 today - takes almost 30% more workers to do the same amount of work now compared to 15 years ago

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