Rough pavement patch in Manchester

The in basket: Lisa Clark of Manchester wrote to ask “how much longer the residents of Manchester have to continue driving on the TERRIBLE patch job the contractors did when installing underground pipe on Colchester Drive when leaving Manchester? Why isn’t the county involved with repairing this section of road? Not to mention the various signs and equipment that has been left behind after the project was completed months ago! I for one, am tired of the whole mess!”


The in basket: Lisa Clark of Manchester wrote to ask “how much longer the residents of Manchester have to continue driving on the TERRIBLE patch job the contractors did when installing underground pipe on Colchester Drive when leaving Manchester? Why isn’t the county involved with repairing this section of road? Not to mention the various signs and equipment that has been left behind after the project was completed months ago! I for one, am tired of the whole mess!”
Her e-mail echoed the sentiments of John Quatermass, one of the “Porch Potatoes” who hang out on the porch of PJ’s Market near Manchester. He said the patch rattles his Honda CRX badly and it’s even tough on his Lexus SUV. He thinks the temporary patch is deficient even by temporary patch standards.
Jim Thompson, another of the Porch Potatoes, added that the temporary yellow striping on the Mile Hill Drive widening project of last summer has gotten pretty faint in places near Alaska and California streets and wonders if it will be redone.
The out basket: Doug Bear of Kitsap County Public Works said the weather has been holding up permanent repaving at the Colchester Drive site, as it has the final striping of Mile Hill Drive. Colchester Drive was to have been repaved last week by the sewer contractor who dug it up, and then this week, with the key “weather permitting” caveat attached. It will be done as weather permits. The sewer project is still being listed as on-going by the county’s weekly road report.
Doug said county inspectors have to approve temporary patches as they must the finished repaving, and OKd the one on Colchester. I drove it and have to say it’s rough but not deplorable. Maybe driving it every day would change my view.
Doug also says the county does the striping on completed road projects, did the striping on Mile Hill Drive last fall and will redo it, as it does all county striping each year. They put only one coat on Mile Hill Drive last year, rather than the usual two, accounting for some of the wear. The county is waiting for the annual supply of paint to arrive, he said, in addition to waiting for decent weather.

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  1. Doug should check the striping on Mile Hill again. The new pavement does not have white lines. I hope the “redo” job will include the white lines.

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