Reporting Kurtis Ming
Dennis Manley and his neighbors thought the idea of repaving their neighborhood streets was a good one.
They didn’t expect this.
But neighbors on Roseville’s Scotts Mill Court say what doesn’t damage the soft, oily pavement … sticks to it.
“This is what happens on a daily basis,” said Manley, showing the tar and asphalt that’s stuck to the bottom of his sandals. He doesn’t think his new street should be moldable like Play-Doh.
And he’s not the only neighbor who’s frustrated.
“When we have hot days like we’ve had, there are little puddles of tar,” said Randy Evans, who lives across the cul-de-sac from Manley.
Phyllis Twelves also lives in the cul-de-sac. She said the new surface even started getting stuck in the brakes of her car.
“It really did make things worse,” she said.
Resident Rob Swart said it’s kept kids from skateboarding and the neighbors from socializing.
“I thought it was gonna be nice when we got our street repaved,” he said. “I’d rather have the old street back.”
“We used to come out here and we used to enjoy our community,” said Manley. “Now that’s been taken away.
The street oozes asphalt, some of which is tracked into garages on car tires, and onto carpets from shoes.
And the neighbors are complaining to the City of Roseville.
“It’s up the the contractor. We don’t step in and direct the contractor,” said Rhon Herndon, Acting Director of the City’s Public Works.
Herndon said the City paid the contractor, Intermountain Slurry Seal, $674,467.30 to do the job.
He agreed there have been “problems,” saying the company oversprayed liquid asphault in the cul-de-sac, but he reiterated that it is the contractor’s job to fix it.
“It is an inconvenience to the residents, and we apologize for that, on behalf of the contractor,” he said.
Intermountain Slurry Seal told CBS Sacramento no one was available for an on-camera interview, but offered to answer questions by email.
“Although we completed the work in full accordance with the project’s specifications, we have offered at no cost to the city to perform additional work to remedy the situation,” the company said in an email statement to CBS Sacramento. “Intermountain strives to provide its customers with quality projects and we appreciate everyone’s patience throughout this project.”
And neighbors welcome the work.
“I think they need to come out and fix the gooey parts,” said Twelves.
And it appears they will, when the weather cools down. The company told CBS Sacramento it will repave the area with new asphalt in October.
The fix can’t come soon enough for these neighbors.
“It’s been a major inconvenience and it’s unsightly,” said Manley. “It’s harmed our neighborhood.”