Whose pavement problems are they?

The in basket: Dave Dahlke of Port Orchard writes, “I find it surprising that the recent repavement of a portion of Mile Hill Drive did not extend about another 600 feet or so towards the Sound Sound Cinemas to include the repair of chuckholes in both the east and west bound lanes.
“I know that I am not the only who complains about these chuckholes, which have been in these two lanes for quite a long time. I would have thought that since the equipment was in the area, the least that could have been done would have been to repair the chuckholes.”


The in basket: Dave Dahlke of Port Orchard writes, “I find it surprising that the recent repavement of a portion of Mile Hill Drive did not extend about another 600 feet or so towards the Sound Sound Cinemas to include the repair of chuckholes in both the east and west bound lanes.
“I know that I am not the only who complains about these chuckholes, which have been in these two lanes for quite a long time. I would have thought that since the equipment was in the area, the least that could have been done would have been to repair the chuckholes.”
The out basket: This is going to be fun. There seems to be a question about what government jurisdiction is responsible for fixing the problem.
But first, highway people call those pavement problems “delaminations,” since they reveal the underlying layer of pavement. Potholes go all the way to the underlying soil, and chuckholes probably mean the same thing. Potholes are much harder on tires and cars than delaminations.
It’s a good thing these aren’t potholes since neither the county nor state think they’re responsible. The county says its jurisdiction ends where the repaving ended, and Joyce Komac, head of the state maintenance crews here, says the holes are “just beyond the sign that locates the end of State Route 166. Our responsibilities stop at that sign.”
If they aren’t in the county, they must be in the city of Port Orchard, and its public works director, Maher Abed said he wishes he was aware of the enigma of whose delaminations they are while the county was still working there. He would have tried to get their repair included, he said.
He said he’ll look into where the city limit line and division between the state highway and county road lie to figure out what can be done, and by whom.
Joyce, incidentally, said her crews will be grinding and patching some areas of concern on SR 166 in late August, but in downtown Port Orchard. The entire highway is due for a complete overlay in a year or two.

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  1. We certainly agree with Dave Dahlke on the Mile Hill holes.
    We have been dodging these for MONTHS.
    Dangerous the way people swing out trying to miss them.
    We as TAXPAYERS need these FIXED.
    If it is Port Orchard’s responsibility, then lets see the problem taken care of.

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