Road grinding

A road crew from Determann Asphalt Paving L.L.C. grinds down a portion of Washington Boulevard in Camanche on Thursday. The Camanche City Council decided Wednesday to use grinding to fix problem areas in the new road.

The Clinton Herald

CAMANCHE — Determann Asphalt Paving L.L.C could be seen along Washington Boulevard on Thursday, grinding spots in the new road. The Camanche City Council agreed Wednesday that fixing the bumps and dips in the road was more important than how it looks.

“We have to explain to the people why we spent multi-million dollars on a brand new road and it looks like hell,” Councilman Trevor Willis said.

Todd Powers, of Determan Asphalt, told the council Wednesday that they still do not know why they had issues with the smoothness of the road. He added that it can be pretty common to have a a bump at the headed. However, he told the council that he replaced parts from his paver and rented other equipment to try to reduce the bumps in the road.

“You try your best and you might grind or you might not,” Powers said.

City Engineer Dan Solchenberger pointed out nine spots along Washington Boulevard where Determann is contractually obligated to fix due to bumps and dips or a surface index of more than 30 inches per mile. The contract required that Detterman try to have a surface index of no more than 22. Anything higher would mean a deduction in payment.

Determann Asphalt has agreed to not only grind the places required. They also will grind anything above 15 inches per mile. Solchenberger warned that grinding the road will leave a noticeable difference in the color of the road.

The council has previously discussed milling out the bad portions and pouring the asphalt again for aesthetics reasons. Solchenberger advised that this may not be the best option. Not only did he feel that Determann would not be obligated to do it for free, he worried the same problem could occur again. The concern was also expressed that milling it out could compromise the structural integrity of the road.

“We go tearing that thing up, it’s a crap shoot really if it will come out smooth at all,” councilman Paul Varner said.

Public Roads Director Dave Rickertsen pointed out that eventually, the road will fade. When that happens, he feels the difference between the spots that were ground will not stand out as much. He felt that adding the lines to the road also will help.

Willis said in a perfect world, they could have a road that was smooth and nice to look at. However, he preferred that they do not compromise the structural integrity for aesthetics.

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