BETTER WAYS TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS
Regarding “street improvements” in east Belleville a few months ago. The following condition of Virginia Ave. extending from Garden Blvd. to Prairie Ave. was present before the application of oil and chip. A rough, uneven, washboarded driving surface, with deteriorated edges along ditches on both sides of the street. You would think that machinery would be used to correct the above conditions before a new layer was applied, but that didn’t happen. Oil was sprayed and some foreign looking material ( pink?) was applied over the same, uncorrected surface. Two weeks later most of the rock made its way to the outer edges of the street and is now deposited in rows along the ditches and we are back to where this process started. All the imperfections remain with the only change being the color of the surface. The recent paving of Garden Blvd. is obviously more expensive but is the correct way to maintain city streets. Money needed for paving could be accumulated by discontinuing the useless process of oil and chip. A good place to start would be south Virginia Ave.
– Lane Webb, Belleville