Letter to the Editor: Paving contractor did a good job

The contractor for the recent re-paving project on the Presbyterian Church property was harshly criticized in a letter published Dec. 7. My perception of the work performed by the contractor is quite different.

I live on W. Elkcam Circle directly across the street from the church paving site. At a minimum, twice a day, every day that the project was under construction, I travelled North on W. Elkcam Circle, then East on Giralda, and then South on Bald Eagle. Never did I encounter “horrible tar and asphalt debris,” nor did I “pick up” tar or “kick debris” under my vehicle.

Some black stains do remain on W. Elkcam and on Giralda where empty dump trucks exited the paving site. These stains result from the trucks tracking a very thin film of emulsified asphalt used to ensure proper bonding between the old surface and the new asphalt layer. Such stains typically substantially disappear over time through the oxidization of the very thin coat of material creating the stain.

I was the principal owner of an asphalt paving company for 40 years, producing and placing hundreds of thousands of tons of hot mix asphalt paving every year. It is irrelevant whether or not the contractor was the low bidder. He did a good job.

Don Popejoy | Marco Island

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