Antioch: Lone Tree Way Resurfacing Project Delayed Until Springtime as City Unhappy With Work Performed

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Antioch residents are going to have to put up with Lone Tree Way at Golf Course Road as is until Spring time after the City and its contractor are at odds over the recent paving work completed by Granite Construction last month.

According to Jon Blank, Antioch Public Works Director/City Engineer, the city is not happy with the work the contractor provided and are working on a resolution on the $2.1 million project.

“We decided to halt the work and will paint the street and discuss how to repair the street properly, so the contract can be resolved properly next spring,” explained Blank. “Next spring, we will place a new application to the road that will be acceptable to the city.”

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Blank says the city has communicated with Granite Construction throughout the process that the City was not happy with the work, which included cleanliness and roughness of the surface. There was also discoloring of non-uniformed color of the pavement.

According to Blank, the City had discussed the discoloring of non-uniformed color of the pavement which the contract says will work itself out over a few months but the city does not believe it will and does not believe the correct product was used.

Blank believes over the winter the city and contractor can work out an agreement. He also believes there is not a safety issue with the road and that they will perform paint and striping in early November to help keep vehicles in their lanes.

“It could get really difficult or easy depending on the contractor but we think we have enough evidence to hold them completely accountable for quality of work they think is fine,” says Blank.

Blank also stated that the type of material used on Lone Tree Way was used in other states and it hasn’t been an issue, but noted they have a good idea of what happened and will work out a resolution.

“We would like to minimize the conflict, but we have got to have a quality product,” says Blank. “We have a disagreement with contractor, temporary paint the stripes, it will be visible and safe, we will come back in the spring to resolve the issue. It is the city’s most important street so we take it very seriously and its done correctly.”

Blank also noted that the contractor has done many jobs in the city before and they do good work but that this was just an unfortunate circumstance.

For a look at the 5-year Capital Improvement Program for the City of Antioch, it was on the July 12 Agenda.  The Lone Tree Way and Golf Course project was estimated at $1.8 million.


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29 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not an asphalt guy, but did anyone else drive on Lone Tree during and after this job and question the work being done? It was a wierd composition of rock and asphalt. I’m curious and would appreciate an explanation of just what the heck was going on there. I drive LT from Trader Joe’s all the way down into Brentwood. Thanks.

  2. Commercial construction, in this case paving is put out to bid by the client, in this case City of Antioch with a specification guideline, these specifications often include the words “or other suitable material”, low bids are are based on selecting the cheapest quality materials available, their contracts should include a submittal which calls out exactly what they are going to provide to the client included in their contract. All of this is typically reviewed by the clients project engineering staff. It is my guess that the city of Antioch did not do a full review of the contract and sumittals or the person who approved the contract did not have the experience or the knowledge to ensure they were getting a quality product. This project should have been supervised by the city engineer who would have been able to tell they were getting something less than desirable right at the start of the project, at which time they should have resolved the issue immediately.
    I wish them luck in their efforts to get the contractor to correct any issues that are most likely the city’s fault, their statement says that hopefully the contractor will fix it, that tells me that the contractor has already told them ” we gave you what we said we would and you accepted it. This reeks of the city accepting low bid and not doing due diligence and project oversight. Their statement reads more like an oops we screwed up and don’t know how to resolve it so we are kicking it down the road until we can figure out what to do. This is incompetence on full display IMHO.

  3. News flash. This project was supervised by the city engineer and he admits his mistakes. He was on top when the first patch lifted.
    My complaint is this is where the city always ends up…….screwed.

  4. The was the worst job ever! Just like with anything else, you get what you pay for! Residents pay taxes to have jobs done correct, and this wasn’t one of them! Very poorly done. Now we have to suffer until they decide to hire a new contractor to fix the initial mess!

      • I would contact city. If CalTrans can reimburse for damage by pot holes, the city can reimburse for someone incompetence

    • I just called the city a half an hour ago. Here’s the contact info. if you have a damage claim:

      Granite Construction
      Contact: Nicole Loretz
      (801) 869-5119 ext. 45119

      Good luck!

  5. These chip and tar roads are found deep in the country. Not suitable for city roads. I drove on it yesterday,. I was wondering who accepted this type road in the city. So much for our 12 cents a gallon extra we are paying for road improvement..

  6. What a joke…..These “new” roads are like from a third world country. Im disgusted by this situation….my windshield is disgusted, my tires are disgusted, my cars body is disgusted. So disgusted by this city person who bowed down to the contractor.

  7. Anyone else upset that it’s illegal in the state of California to hire an UNLICENSED contractor and the city won’t even issue your permits unless you get a California contractor… Yet for some reason it’s acceptable for the cities to get an UNLICENSED contractor from out of state in order to save money. City of Concord did it too, they hired a paving company out of Nevada who did NOT have a California contractors license. It’s time to hold these cities accountable for spending OUR tax dollars on out of state contractors!

  8. I have a solution, stop electing same people to work in OUR city offices. Obviously, there not doing their jobs correctly. City engineer supervise the job. Come on people, wake-up! They knew the out come of this when bid was excepted. One thing I’ve learned, if you want something done right hire volunteers. Volunteers that live right here in the city. You see, people that really love where they live would enjoy doing something about it with NO strings attached. By doing that the city can free up money to do other important things around the neighborhoods that need to be done..more parking for the hard working people that get up early every morning just to ensure them a parking space at Hillcrest park n ride..Again, end the solution: stop re-electing bad behavior. This is a wonderful and beautiful CITY!

    • Better yet, stop voting and legitimizing the utter joke and authoritarian nightmare that this government is. What does voting do exactly? The last 50 elections have witnessed nothing but decline, regardless of the D or R after the name. Antioch, hell California, was a nice place before it was turned into a low income/immigrant dumping ground/social experiment, none of which anyone gets to vote on and all politicians of every party love. How many cities and towns have to be destroyed and demographically engineered for political dominance before Americans care that America is on its way to being Brazil?

  9. You used Chip Seal on your main road!!! It’s typically used on country roads. They cheaped out. This is ridiculous that they don’t see the issue.

  10. The weather has to warmup to redo it. That is the delay. Plus the blame discussion of course.
    Tar and gravel with this much traffic is the ultimate in stupidity.

  11. Hahaha! I just Wikipedia’s Chip Seal it says “fine aggregate” we certainly didn’t get that did we!!!??

  12. My first thoughts were that they were roughing up the road to make the tar stick to the road better. Then I never saw them applying tar anywhere and thought that this was probably the way the roads were going to stay. They were much better before they started!
    The city just needs to hurry and apply the lines! No one seems to remember how many lanes there were when they drive the road every day! This is just crazy!

  13. These roads are unacceptable. The sad truth is the city did go for the cheapest bidder and did not read the fine print or if they read it they felt that it may not be that bad. Usually not o ly is it actually supervised by the city engineer but the contract is read over and signed off on by the City Manager and the city attorney reads the contract and then the go ahead is given to present it to the city council. Someone along the contract approval process had to have read the bid that was submitted. The entire city administration has once again failed the residents of the City of Antioch. Not a single inch of work should have been made.

  14. I drive both Lone Tree Way and Golf Course Road regularly and I also called and spoke with the city engineer on at least two occasions. Each time I called I complained about the awful job being done and the lack of progress. Each time I was told that the city trusted the contractor and they were working closely with them and they were happy with the progress. That was confusing to me. How could you be happy with the progress when lanes weren’t marked and rocks are all over the road.

    The only reason the city is suddenly unhappy and at odds with the contractor is because residents have been voicing their complaints to the city instead of each other. We now have to let our voices be heard and let the city know they need to complete the resurfacing before next spring. They can start by considering some of the more appropriately quoted bids. I’m sure one of them can get this mess done correctly and soon.

  15. Without taxes and bureaucrats, who will blow our collective millions extorted from us on shoddy contractors and inside deals?? I mean, build the roads?

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