Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, called the repaving of North Defiance Street “not the best” paving job the village has received.
North Defiance Street was repaved by Crestline Paving & Excavating, Toledo, in September and October of 2015.
After the project, council had complaints about the work, from trucks tracking a tar-like “tack coat” on streets that were not part of the project to globs of asphalt falling off trucks and sticking to off-project pavement.
The complaint discussed at the Monday, March 7 council meeting was with ripples, or “speed bumps,” in the pavement.
“There’s something wrong at every catch basin,” said Kenny Cowell, a councilman.
Cowell speculated there was something wrong with the Crestline paving machine when the asphalt was laid.
Howell said the problem only appears at about a half-dozen catch basins, and only in the southbound lanes.
It was suggested that Crestline be asked to come back and grind down the ripples, but Howell said the effort would probably “do more harm than good. The grinders are just not that accurate.”
The ripples in the pavement are nowhere near as bad as the ones that showed up when St. Rt. 66 north of the village was repaved several years ago, Howell said.
The issue came up when council was asked to approve two final change orders for the two major road construction projects of last year: the North Defiance Street project, which included the reconstruction of the North Defiance Street-Stryker Street intersection, and the East Mechanic Street project.
The East Mechanic Street project involved the rebuilding of East Mechanic Street and several others in the southeastern quadrant of the village.
Crestline Paving & Excavating was the low bidder on both projects.
The final cost of the East Mechanic Street project increased $5,462.64, for a total project cost of $1,920,047.64.
The final cost of North Defiance Street decreased $10,488.47, for a total cost of $400,291.53.
The changes reflect adjustments for actual quantities of construction materials used.
Kevin Morton, a councilman, said he was frustrated because the village had to accept “good-enough” work from Crestline.
Howell said Archbold officials may be spoiled by previous paving jobs.
He said Gerken Paving, based in Napoleon, has a supervisor who specializes in putting down the final layers of asphalt on street projects.
When the company did paving projects in the past, village officials requested that Gerken never send anyone but that supervisor.