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Why are they digging up new paving on Sedgwick?

The in basket: Robert Pilger of Long Lake Road in South Kitsap e-mailed to say, “I have noticed road workers digging up the new pavement in several places along the Sedgwick Road project after recently striping. Why, and if (they are) fixing mistakes or oversights, who is responsible for the money?”

The out basket: It is common in paving jobs to pave over utility accesses and return to uncover them, build them up to the new pavement level and seal around the accesses. That is what is happening on Sedgwick Road, says Brenden Clarke, project engineer for state projects here.

Usually that occurs between the paving and the striping, but Brenden says, “We had the striping done before the adjustments were all complete to take advantage of favorable weather.  The way the forecast looks now, we would be striping next May if we had waited to put down pavement markings after the utility adjustments were all complete.  The impacts to pavement markings should be minimal. “

What are rubber spikes in McWilliams Road for?


The in basket: Rich Robinson of Bremerton e-mailed to say, “Recently, Mc Williams Road was repaved between Safeway and Central Valley

Road.  There are numerous pieces of rubber protruding from the asphalt.  They are about a fourth of an inch thick and maybe 2 inches tall.  Any idea on what they are and what’s their purpose?”

The out basket:  They mark the location of utility accesses. It’s much more efficient in an overlay to cover the entire road and then go back and uncover those accesses and build them up to the new elevation of the pavement.

“All manholes, valve covers, survey monument casings, etc. that get covered during an overlay have to be raised,” says Doug Bear of Kitsap County Public Works. “So the rubber cone is used to locate where each one is. Later, the cover is exposed, raised and the asphalt is patched around the cover.”