Road patches on Miller Bay Road having problems

The in basket: Jerry Darnall of Kingston writes, “The recent county road patches on Miller Bay Road from Kountry Korners south to Gunderson are crumbling faster than a graham cracker in milk. Opposing traffic splashes gravel like shotgun pellets. Defective mix? Improper install? Is county assuming any liability for an obvious problem?”

I asked if it was another chip seal that had problems, which has happened in the past.

The out basket: Jacques Dean, county road superintendent says, “Miller Bay Road is surfaced with asphalt pavement, not chip seal.  Crews used cold mix asphalt to repair the potholes with the intent of returning during better weather to complete a more permanent repair.”

“Cold mix is a temporary repair product that typically holds up well in wet weather applications but can degrade under extreme wet conditions.”  Crews were to revisit the area Friday and repair again with cold mix, he said.

“Dryer weather should ensure a better bond with the underlying pavement.  We will look for a longer dry weather window to complete more permanent hot mix asphalt repairs,” Jacques said.

As for liability, I’m sure the county won’t make any blanket offers, but individuals can make a claim to county risk management and see what the response is.


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