City of Medford finds repaving work by Nevada company 'defective'

An asphalt contractor performed will be forced to return next summer to fix a "defective" repaving job on three Medford roads recently, city officials said.

"We haven't paid them any money at this point," said Bryce Perkins, Medford public works operations division manager.

Intermountain Slurry Seal of Nevada suffered delays in the project, which was supposed to take a few days in August but ended just last week.

Perkins said the company had difficulty getting the right specification of gravel to mix with sand and asphalt to produce a 3/8-inch layer. The micro-surfacing procedure requires a certain kind of rock that the contractor couldn't find in the region.

Because of delays in starting the project, Intermountain bumped into rainy weather, then cold temperatures, producing an unsatisfactory finish on the roadways.

Some motorists have complained about the road conditions, ranging from unevenness to too thin a coating of asphalt.

The streets include East McAndrews Road between Brookdale Avenue and Hillcrest Road; East Main Street between Willamette Avenue and East Eighth Street; and West 14th Street between King and Newtown streets.

"We've had defective work on all three locations," Perkins said.

With temperatures hovering just above freezing at night, Perkins said it's too cold to try and repave sections of the roads again now.

Intermountain was going to receive $252,000 for the work. Perkins said the city is still negotiating some kind of payment but will likely hold back about $50,000 until the work can be completed next summer.

— Damian Mann

Read more in the Mail Tribune on Wednesday.


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