Recently I have identified a water main line leak near my property.
Specifically just outside my property line but under my concrete driveway.
I reported to the city public works and utilities and they came and cut open
my driveway to access the pipe for repair.
However, when they were done, they decided to patch the opening not with
concrete but with black asphalt. Now my driveway looks like this:
So my question is, is this typical? I don't like this big black patch on my
driveway, although technically it is outside of my property line. I did not
call the city to see if this can be remedied, and if not, is there something
I can do myself, by pouring a thin coat of hydraulic cement over the entire
black area will it look better or will it crack under the weight of a car?
Thanks in advance,
Take the photo to the head of the municipal water department and ask
him/her when it will be permanently fixed. If no satisfaction, take
it to your next city council meeting and show it and give copies to
all the city council people. If there is a part of the session called
"items from the public" or something like that, use that time to bring
it to their attention. I got wonderful results doing something
similar to this, they actually had a projection system and I put up a
similar picture showing a sloppy job for everyone at the council
meeting to see and got things fixed in a matter of days.
Boy, is that ever cheap-ass. No, it's NOT typical. In my area, that part of
a driveway is called the "apron", and it's the town's responsibility, since
it's part of the road allowance. Municipalities generally take pretty good
care of such things.
First thing I'd do is to call your town's road works department. Chances
are very good that a contractor did a quick fudge-fix, betting that nobody
would gripe. If that's the case, it'll get fixed right-quick once you file
an official complaint.
YOU could have done as good or better! As suggested by another poster, take
it to the department first, and see if they will just restore it to what it
was previously. That's the quickest undramatic way. If they won't or don't
do it, tell them that you intend to take it to the council meeting. If they
STILL fail to fix it, then take the pictures, and your protest to the
council meeting, and embarrass the council.
They hate stuff like this when the citizen is right, and usually, there will
be a quick silent fix with a thank you card.
And then to the newspaper.
I was in a situation where a school had a deplorable condition in the
bathrooms. My letter to the editor appeared in the morning news, the crews
were in repairing the bathrooms by noon.
Definitely follow up with the City. But, it may not be negligence or
incompetence. In my own city, when the public works crew does a repair
like this, they will often put a temporary blacktop patch or fill in
place after a pipe repair, then schedule a concrete repair at a later
date. The crews responding to the pipe break can handle the asphalt
patch themselves but are not equipped to pour and finish concrete.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation
with the average voter. (Winston Churchill)
TRAGIC THE TARRED AREA WILL SINK OR BULGE NEVER LEVELING OUT
THOUGH A FULL BLACKTOP DRIVEWAY IS MUCH BETTER THAN A POURED CONCRTE
THE ENTIRE SLAB WILL NEED TO BE CRUSHED & REPOURED AGAIN
OH YOU CAN CUT A FULL SQUARE AROUND THE TAR PATCH REMOVE THE TAR
AND BALANCE THE DRIVEWAY WITH A FULL REPAIRED CONCRETE SLAB CUT ACROSS
I'D ASK THE CITY TO CORRECT THE PRESENT TRIP HAZARD LEFT BEHIND
AND PUT THERE MINDS TO FASHION AND APPLY A REMEDY ASAP
I AM PROTEUS ;/
What did the city tell you when you asked them about the final result?
You may have forgotten they are your employees and you get to share in
the tab for running the city?
In my area they would do it exactly like like your photo and wait till
there were a number to do and then a concrete contractor would be hired
to do them en masse. They do the same when they cut the an asphalt road
to do a repair.
Yeah, the patch looks like cold mix asphalt patching material used for
temporary patches. It doesn't look like compacted hot mix, just shoveled in
and raked out, traffic will compact it a little. Your town should tell you
how they will resolve the problem and provide you with a rough timetable.
They also may also forget about it altogether unless you become the
"squeaking wheel" and regularly bug them.
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