Underlying roadbed issues delay resurfacing of West Boulevard

Thursday, July 4, 2013 | 1:20 p.m. CDT; updated 8:44 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 4, 2013

COLUMBIA - Charles Robison, who lives off West Boulevard, says the road has been torn up longer than any he has seen in the 43 years he’s been in Columbia.

The city milled West Boulevard from Sunset Lane to Broadway on May 23, according to the city’s website. The street had underlying issues with the roadbed, causing problems with the surface, said Steven Sapp, spokesman for the Columbia Public Works Department.

The city left the roadbed bare in an attempt to identify underlying issues and repair them, he said.

"We milled that, and we knew we had some roadbed issues," he said. "We didn’t want to put an overlay on top and be back out there in months to dig it back up and fix those roadbed problems. Kind of like we didn’t want to rebuild the house on a crumbling foundation."

He said contractors plan to finish milling the street on July 15 and start resurfacing the road on July 16.

Robison said the road has deteriorated since the last time the city milled and paved it.

"The thing that’s really disturbing is the last time they fixed it was a couple of years ago, and it didn’t last more than a year," Robison said. "Last year, they were patching up holes. Obviously, they have some problems there.”

Range Line Street is the next road the city will mill, Sapp said. The milling is scheduled to occur July 8 from Business Loop to Wilkes Boulevard, according to the city website. Sapp said they will try to identify and fix any roadbed issues on Range Line.

"We know it’s been frustrating for our customers," he said. "It’s been a little frustrating for us, but fiscally, we didn’t want to put something new down just to dig it back up."

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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