5 on Your Side: Paving problem fixed

9:47 PM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - Last week, 5 on Your Side exposed taxpayers' dollars being wasted on an alley in the City of St. Louis. Street crews paved it incorrectly, and it had to be ripped up and redone just days later.

5 on Your Side's Mike Rush reports on the solution to this paving problem.

Ken Other called 5 on Your Side with this story. Other said he was excited about the alley behind his house on Hamburg finally getting paved with asphalt. But when City of St. Louis road crews made the pavement too high, causing drainage issues, all that freshly paved asphalt had to be ripped up.

Earlier this week, we dropped by that neighborhood to see if the alley repairs were underway and street crews were just getting started. Thursday, the new layer of asphalt was laid, and city street crews were putting the final touches on the new paving job.

All in all, a mistake that according to St. Louis Streets Director Todd Waeltermann cost taxpayers about $3,000 and from our calculation, several days of man power.

Homeowners on Hamburg are just glad their alley is paved, and it was done properly.

"It was just one of those things," said Revie Mabe. "I guess it was done kind of wrong, you know, but these guys work hard like everyone else and second time around they corrected the problem and it looks good."

"Well, I think it's going to be a lot better," said Jerry Holdman. "The water problem should be solved now, I wasn't really concerned about the driving surface, but the water and mosquito problem mainly into the yards in the county, I think they should be held accountable for some of the cost of this."

Waeltermann says doing the job the right way, put the price tag between $8,000 to $10,000. If you have a problem you need help with, contact 5 on Your Side by clicking here.


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