Town Wants Contractor To Fix Road Damage
SHOHOLA — Township Solicitor Jason Ohliger and Shohola Roadmaster Bob Myer discussed damage to the paved section of Parkers Glen Road that the township believes was caused by heavy trucks owned by Walsh Granite. The company used tractor-trailers and other heavy trucks on the township road as a detour to ferry heavy loads to and from the bridge site during the recent Woodtown Road Bridge repair project. Prior to using the detour, Walsh Granite had alerted the township that its trucks would use Parkers Glen and would be ferrying heavy equipment and materials.
Ohliger reported that prior to detour use, Walsh had retained a video company to document the condition of Parkers Glen before the truck traffic started. Ohliger and Myer noted that recently, they discovered that the videographer apparently focused on the frontage of the properties more than the paving itself. Ideally, the documentation should have shown close-ups of the horizontal cross-sections along the entire route, which is about a mile long. Myer said that what was originally estimated to be a two-month bridge project turned into a seven-month one. The additional month led to what the township officials believe is greater road damage than anticipated.
Myer said that the damage is primarily ruts in the paved section of Parkers Glen Road. The road has paved and unpaved sections. Ohliger said that Shohola wants Walsh Granite to repave the sections that have ruts and restore it to the road condition before the heavy traffic damaged it. Walsh Granite informed the township that it is willing to cold patch potholes and seal cracks, but not resurface the road.
Myer said, “The damage is unacceptable. The road is deformed and needs resurfacing.” Ohliger said, “Our township inspection showed that the damage is more than [a few potholes] and cracks. There are depressions that run the entire length of the road.“They used tractor trailers that left ruts that average one- to two-and-half-inches deep.” Myer said that some sections have ruts that are three inches deep.
Ohliger said that the one-mile section of road was in good shape before the tractor-trailer use. He and Myer agreed that the ruts would significantly shorten the life of the road, if not resurfaced. Myer said, “I got an estimate for repaving. A one-inch surface overlay would cost about $42,000. So, Walsh Granite’s cold-patch proposal is not acceptable. It’s either fix [resurface] it or give us the money to fix it ourselves.”
Ohliger said that he would attempt to renegotiate with Walsh Granite and report to the supervisors. .. for complete story, get this week's issue.