Completion of the project has been on hold after it was discovered that the chip seal surface on a section of Kendrick through the State Aid Program does not meet specifications. The work was done by a contractor.
“It was kind of a wait-and-see deal about two weeks ago to see if what they put down would actually work,” said County Engineer Kent Geno. “We know now it’s not going to stick, the liquid asphalt that they used. Naturally, you don’t want to come in there and fog seal and stripe with that situation.”
Some of the gravel is not sticking to the mixture that was used.
The county plans to request temporary striping be put on the road. It is expected the section from just east of Fraley’s Chapel to Mississippi 350 will have to be redone, and it is unlikely weather will allow that to happen before spring.
First District Supervisor Lowell Hinton has heard a number of complaints about the lack of striping. With no center or side stripes, it can be tough to keep a vehicle in the right spot on the road in dark, foggy or rainy conditions, he said.
A meeting amongst the involved parties is expected next week to discuss the situation.