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Bad Silverdale Way patches to be redone

The in basket: Tom, who didn’t want his full name used, e-mailed to say, “Last week the county patched areas of Silverdale Way, both sides, north of the 303 overpass to Schold Road. These patched areas are already breaking down, making the road worst than what it was. You can tell the areas by the amount of asphalt stacking up in the center lane and by the fog lines.

“Was this a bad batch of asphalt? Does the county plan on further repairs/ replacement of these areas?”

The out basket: Doug Bear, spokesman for Kitsap County Public Works, replied succinctly, “It was a bad mix of asphalt from the vendor. We will be going back to take out the asphalt we put in and re-patch it with a better mix from a different vendor.”


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.