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Asphalt problems along E. Alameda will be repaired
A pothole has developed on the edge of a new section of overlay on East Alameda Street. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Gouges in the pavement, crumbling asphalt along gutters and areas that it appeared weren’t over paved on East Alameda Street will all be fixed when the weather cooperates.

Street workers have been on top of the situation. Public Works Director Mark Houghton noted the city always holds back final payment until work is completed satisfactorily. In the case of George Reed Construction – the contractor that did the work along Alameda – Houghton expects the work to be repaired within the next month or so.

“It is something that you have to have good weather and warmer temperatures for,” Houghton pointed out.

The issue of Alameda Street’s condition following the asphalt overlay was brought up at Tuesday’s council meeting by a resident. It was noted Tuesday that the city was well aware of the problem and planned to address it.
“Road work is visible to everyone so it gets noticed by everyone when something goes wrong,” Houghton said.

Houghton added that George Reed has done a lot of work for the city with no previous issues. He added he wasn’t sure what went wrong but noted it could have been a temperature issue.

Road resurfacing was the first stimulus project to go forward will be the rehabilitation of t nine streets.

The City Council awarded the low bid of $957,900 to George Reed Inc. to do the work.

The streets resurfaced were portions of Union Road, Alameda Street, North Street, Mission Ridge Drive, Wawona Street, Winters Drive, Hoyt Lane, Northgate Drive and Button Avenue.

The project involved isolated pavement repairs followed by placement of a rubberized asphalt overlay.

The overlay is similar to the surface that was placed on Center Street from the railroad tracks to Union Road and Cottage Avenue from Yosemite Avenue to the Highway 99 overpass.

It uses recycled tires and has a life just as long – if not longer – than asphalt. It also costs less plus the city could be eligible for recycling diversion credits for the use of tires in the resurfacing material.