Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Citizen's Question and the answer from the City admin

This question was emailed to the Ben Marchant, the City Administrator with his response following. If you have any follow-up questions or concerns, please leave comment below or email

Question from a Concerned Citizen:

What are you planning to do to correct the mess on Fillmore and I streets due to the failure of the chip sealing project last fall.

While I appreciate the effort, it is worse than merely a waste of money - the roads are now a real mess and something needs to be done to correct it.

What happened and what are you planning to do about them?

Thank you

The response from the City Adminstrator:

Dear Concerned Citizen,

Thank you for sharing your concern. You bring up a valid point and I am sure many others share your concern. This is a troubling issue that the City is well aware of. Unfortunately the City is not alone as the County has been troubled with the same issue this year. We have determined that the reason for the failure is the dust content of the chips that were used. The dirty chips failed to adequately bind to the oil, so that even though the subsurface chip seal and oil application is intact, the surface chips have worn off.

In order to prevent the “streaking” that has occurred as a result of using dirty chips in the future, the City is refining its specifications for future bidding procedures. By that I mean, we will specify the maximum dust content in the chips to be purchased so that we may pass over any unqualified bids. Since the subsurface chip seal is intact, there is little the City can do to restore the surface chips without incurring unreasonable costs. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure we get the quality materials we need to provide quality streets maintenance to our residents.


Ben Marchant

Benjamin Marchant
City Administrator
City of Jerome

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