Crumbling Interstate Built With Inadequate Standards

The D.O.T. says a crumbling interstate was built with inadequate construction standards.

I-795 in Wayne County began falling apart less than two years after it was completed in 2005.

In a report the DOT says marginal asphalt thickness and the use of an "extremely dry" pavement mix brought about the problems. The DOT says while the road was built to existing standards, changes need to be made to make sure problems like this don't' happen again.

While temporary repairs were made last fall, the DOT says an 18 mile stretch of highway should get a face lift at a cost of $13 million. The DOT is now looking for money to make those repairs.


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  • by SassyMom Location: Wayne Co/ ENC on Jul 30, 2009 at 08:47 AM
    Uhhh... YA THINK??!!!!! This road was a disaster from the beginning. When you buy a cheap product, you get cheap results! And this is a road that we paid for with our hard earned $$$. Money that is taken by the government for road use tax. It's a bunch of crap. I agree with MrT. Concrete roads are more durable. If you travel to the states that have concrete roads & highways, there is less damage. It would be better to pay more in the beginning than have to pay for it twice!
  • by Cletus Location: New Bern on Jul 17, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    There was an engineer that outlined faults in the design early on but was discounted, I believe, because of her gender. A woman. An intelligent woman at that. She insisted that the pavement was flawed and needed to be thicker. She was ignored by her male peers. Too bad. She was right on. Next time the "boys" need to listen.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jul 16, 2009 at 06:17 PM
    . . And, the most unacceptable part is that NO ONE will be held accountable. It's just the same ole BS. If the taxpayers pay to get a road built, it aught to work for a long time. Oh, but I guess I'm just rambling on to the peeple that understand, but the legeslatures most definately NEVER read these posts do they!!!! Buzz-
  • by Campaign Mgr Location: Passing out bumper stickers on Jul 16, 2009 at 05:57 PM
    My vote is for MrT to replace Bev for Governor! Go on, MrT!!
  • by elviistraveling on Jul 16, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    Even odds say that it was performed by a "set-aside" bid or a political gimme to a buddy!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    MrT, great idea, but will never happen with the politicians we have. Would love to see some chain gangs back working to their room and board.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 16, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    I'll be willing to bet there is more to this "failure" than the DOT is willing to admit. Highway systems are not just constructed, they have to follow specifications provided by the state or feds.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 16, 2009 at 02:40 PM
    When you take the cheapest route and go with the lowest bidder, poor quality is what you get. They should make all able bodied inmates get out and build roads 10 hours a day.Build concrete(not asphalt) roads so they will use very little petroleum producing it. Put some state engineers there to make sure its built right. We are already paying for the inmates upkeep, why not put them to good use.If they have the energy to fight and assault guards all the time, see how much they want to fight after 10 or 12 hours out on the road in 95 degree weather swinging a sledgehammer or a bushaxe.Or pushing wheelbarrows loaded down with concrete.I think it would be an excellent idea, although I'm sure our Liberal Governor would disagree and say it's cruel and inhumane punishment to make hardened criminals work.Just watch "Cool hand Luke" and you'll see what I'm talking about.Back then prison was punishment, not a place to get out of the cold, get free food and lodging, and a nice gym to workout in.
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