River­bank Road Resur­fac­ing Project Moves Slowly

Riverbank News - - THE RIVERBANK NEWS - BY RIC McGINNIS

In what has be­come a se­ries of ex­tended projects, streets and roads in and around down­town River­bank are in var­i­ous stages of be­ing resur­faced and re­painted this month.

Although work be­gan sev- eral weeks ago, as of last Fri­day, ar­eas of Pat­ter­son Road, be­tween First and Third streets, and Oak­dale Road be­tween Pat­ter­son and Mor­rill roads, are yet to be com­pleted.

On Pat­ter­son and Oak­dale roads, the resur­fac­ing is done, but paint­ing of most of the lane lines in the project ar­eas are not yet fin­ished. In other places, mostly in down­town River­bank, cracks in the sur­face of streets have been or are be­ing re­paired.

The de­lay in the line paint­ing, ac­cord­ing to city of­fi­cials, is some con­fu­sion be­tween the con­tract­ing com­pany, which has pre­vi­ous work ex­pe­ri­ence in town, and its sub-con­tract­ing com­pany, which had made some mis­takes that must be fixed. Ap­par­ently there is a dis­pute as to whose re­spon­si­bil­ity the ‘fix’ is, said of­fi­cials, caus­ing the post­pone­ment.

PHOTO BY RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS

A work crew un­der­takes a project to seal cracks on streets in down­town River­bank. Here, the group looks to mend fis­sures in the sur­face of the road. In the front is a flag man, slow­ing traf­fic on Fourth Street, then comes a worker with an air hose, blow­ing the dirt and dust out of the crack. Fol­low­ing the truck are work­ers seal­ing the cracks with molten black la­tex, then one help­ing seal the la­tex, fol­lowed by a rear guard, who pro­tects the crew from on­com­ing traf­fic.

PHOTO BY RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS

In re­cent weeks, streets and roads in the city of River­bank have un­der­gone what prom­ises to be­come newly-painted sur­faces in some ar­eas. How­ever, some mix ups be­tween con­trac­tors and sub-con­trac­tors re­port­edly have left streets only par­tially painted as late as last Fri­day. Here, work­ers com­plete the paint­ing of ar­rows and word­ing near the in­ter­sec­tion of Pat­ter­son Road and Cal­lan­der Av­enue, at the stop­light. Lane lines had yet to be fin­ished.

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