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.”
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.