Treatment didn’t bond to asphalt
© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Amherst town council is going to have a contractor return to repair decorative sidewalks that were damaged over the winter. The work will be covered under warranty.
AMHERST – Amherst is going to repair a number of decorative crosswalks that didn’t fare well through the winter.
Ben Pitman, the town’s director of Transportation and Public Works, said the contractor that installed the crosswalks last fall as part of the Centre First Downtown Action Strategy has agreed to cover the warranty and will return to town soon to repair them.
“The crosswalks appear to have been installed too late in the year to take hold and the contractor has agreed that it’s covered under warranty,” Pitman said Wednesday.
The crosswalks on Havelock and Church Street were installed in September when the weather was cooler. Pitman said the contractor found putting in place late in the season was difficult because warm temperatures are needed to bond the material to the asphalt.
Since the thermoplastic tiles didn’t properly bond they were susceptible to winter weather and took a beating from snowplow blades and from the heating and cooling of the pavement brought on my changing weather conditions.
The town awarded the contract last August to England Paving and Contracting Ltd. for $95,000 plus applicable taxes.
The crosswalks were the latest in several installed in the last two years. Pitman said the decorative crosswalks installed on Victoria Street in 2011 are holding up well. He said there are a couple of chips out of them, but they should be easy to repair.
At town council’s committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday several councillors asked when the crosswalks will be repaired.
Coun. Dave March asked if the work will be done properly so the town is not dealing with the same issue every year, while Deputy Mayor George Baker agreed that it may have been too late in the season to have the crosswalks installed.
“The way they are now they look terrible, but the contractor is coming back to fix them,” Baker said, adding councillors have been getting a lot of calls about the condition of the crosswalks.