Fircrest Drive trench patches rankle readerAugust 17th, 2012 by travis baker
The in basket: James Seabolt writes, “Maybe you could tell me why it is that when road work and repairs are made in Kitsap County the result is like a war zone. I think that every time I take a drive down Bethel Avenue in Port Orchard I need a front end alignment .
“I just came from Fircrest Drive off Mile Hill Drive and there are three places between the Mile Hill intersection and the fire department that were just patched and they feel like speed bumps.
“If a tax payer was to have work done on his own driveway at home there is no way we would accept the type of work done by the county. I know the excuse that the dirt settles different area-to-area and that’s bull. Seattle water and city light have long ago gone to filling there repairs with slurry, a cement-type product to fill in the repair under the pavement and the repairs are smooth.
“Why is it that we will accept sub-standard work from the county when we as taxpayers would not accept the same work at our own home?”
The out basket: I count five places a temporary patch has been made on Fircrest in the area James mentions.
Staged work is fairly common in the county, and in this case it’s the West Sound Utility District, the south end’s major water and sewer provider, and not the county doing the work.
Brent Winters, operations manager for West Sound, said the rough patches were done with what’s called cold mix, and were just to keep the material in place and avoid pot holes’ forming. The district is soliciting bids for a permanent pavement repair with hot mix asphalt, which will be smooth.
He said the ditching was done to change water connections of nine homes and businesses from an old 2-inch main to a newer 8-inch main to improve the quality of the water those customer receive.
As for Bethel Avenue, it’s subject to work to turn it into a main business corridor, but funding is uncertain and it just changed hands from the county to the city of Port Orchard besides. So no one wants to spend big bucks on permanent roadway improvements until it’s certain they’ll be there for the long run.