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Saugatuck City Council Passes Resolution Demanding Water Street Paving Work Be Redone

        The City of Saugatuck is asking the contractor and its subcontractor responsible for the Water Street paving project that was done this past fall to redo their work so it meets quality standards.
        The Saugatuck City Council’s request came in a resolution unanimously approved at Monday night’s meeting, following a recommendation by city engineer Fleis & Vandenbrink which determined the street improvement project did not meet standards of workmanship and guidelines set by the state of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
        The general contractor is Schipper’s Excavating which hired  -  who was responsible for overseeing - subcontractor Rieth-Riley Construction Co.’s work.
        Fleis & Vandenbrink recommended the city completely reject Reith Riley’s paving work from this fall.
        The engineering firm also recommended the city reject Reith and Riley’s proposal on how to fix the problem.
        It advised the city to require the milling and resurfacing of the entire street.
        “We feel they (Reith-Riley and Schipper’s Excavating) are capable of providing a much better work product if they make the effort,” states the November 19 letter from Fleis & Vandenbrink Project Manager Steven R. Vanden Brink to the city.
        “The only work that was paid for was work that was done correctly (e.g., catch basins, etc.),” Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier told council Monday,.
        Harrier added that the city will withhold money from the contractor until the redo work is completed and completed up to par.
        Harrier said some residents have told him that,”The road looks fine,” however, he warned that a more careful look reveals the problems.
        “Some of the issues are in the aesthetics, but if you have all these patches, it is just not going to last  that long,” he said.
        The city engineer’s comments speak to this.
        “There are many areas that show excessive air voids and segregated aggregate at the surface of the asphalt.
        “There are two areas where the aggregate base was exposed after milling which were not cut out an based with asphalt prior to the top course paving. These two areas have since settled.
        “Also, there are concerns with pavement joints, both at existing side streets and at new longitudinal joint,” stated Vanden Brink’s letter.
        Another of the engineer’s recommendation that the city will also require of the redo work is that the milling and resurfacing be done next spring when the temperatures are at least 60º.

Saugatuck City Council Passes Resolution Demanding Water Street Paving Work Be Redone

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