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4/10/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Tired of tar

Well, it seems that the road Destruction Crew is at it again. Northern was a nice road and now they are screwing it up with that tar.

Sometime ago they put that useless tar down on Bond, Lomita, Jagerson and other streets. They said it would blend in and smooth out when the sun hits it. Yeah, right! And pigs fly! To this day you can still hear or feel the tires going over lumps the tar made. Now it will be the same way on Northern.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that if there is a crack under each one of those tar lines, then that road is in bad enough shape and should be repaved, not Mickey Moused with tar that won't blend in or melt into the crack enough to smooth it out. No, they just pile the tar up over the crack. Nice work, huh?

All that tar is going to do is make Northern another rough and ugly road like the rest of the ones they tarred.

Richard Burrowbridge

Kingman




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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: our own worst enemy MR.C.

"It is called sarcasm" Whoops and I almost miss it!! "Not" LOL......

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: Midwest Momma

Between the chip-sealing and the lousy roads, I would like to go after someone to get the money to align my vehicle and repaint it as well. I am sick of the roads here. I went back to visit family a couple of years ago and the roads in Nebraska are pristine. They spend their money on education, libraries, and the infrastructure (i.e. roads, bridges, etc.), and it shows!

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: J J

@david rogers - Agreed. This is a republican safe-haven, one of the most conservative towns, in one of the most conservative counties, in one of the most conservative states in the union. Yet we have some of the worst poverty, education, drugs, roads and crime of any place in Arizona.

'Murica! "As long as I have my gun and bible, who cares?" #blinderssettostun

/sarcasm


Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: Tj Denton

Oh the things spoiled americans will complain about...first world problems

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: D. Burk

Mr.Burrowbridge you sure covered that crack but don't step in it, it will surely smell!!
I totally agree with you. The county spent 6 million on a new building and built it right next to the other new building which is probably not even half full!!! Why spend the money to fix the roads properly, when one can sit up in his 6 million dollar Ivory tower and look down on all the little people. totally a waste. How sad!!!


Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: joker wilde

The Bank street improvement project has come to a screeching halt! I'm betting it won't be done by Christmas.

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“If it wasn't for the fact your serious about doing noting to the roads, you would be a scream.”

It is called sarcasm.


Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: David Rogers

Vote Republican for a better community. Or not.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: Roy Leggett

I moved here in 2003 and have had to have the frontend aligned on my car 3 times, plus buy bnew tires because of the sorry roads here. If the county supervisors had to answer to the people as to where money is spent, the money would be available. When the three new supervisors went in office they said they would do away with some of the jobs, which they did, but moved the people in those jobs to different jobs with their same pay, so they saved no money.. The supervisors shaft the people every chance they get.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: our own worst enemy MR.C.

@ A.N. You make me smile, If it wasn't for the fact your serious about doing noting to the roads, you would be a scream.

Tar and asphalt should all be replaced with good old concrete. But, then that would require less maintenance and less time on repaving all roads.

Then there would be that out cry, from road construction companies, Labor Unions Ect nope I like your idea best. A good dirt road mixed with a little gravel on the surface would be peachy fine with me.


Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: Candice Reif

Our roads are a mess thanks to tar. People used to complain about chip sealing but at least you could drive down our roads without being bounced around in your car. It's an embarrasment when people come in from out of state. They believe we are badly poverty stricken. I am surprised someone hasn't sued the County because of the damage it has caused to their cars-bad on tires, etc.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: Nay Mama

I have physical issues that makes it so I feel every single ridge in the road, especially those made by the fill in tar.
It was my understanding, from a decade ago, they put the tar down, then lay a thin layer of agate (small pebbles) that would be pushed into the cracks and the tar would thin out with all of us driving on it and it would become a repaved road, basically. I have seen them do this on some roads like Stockton Hill Road, but it still didn't work right, you can still feel the ridges from the tar.
I also have not known of any city that has to repaint the lines on roads as often as Kingman. Find a company that lays down a better/thicker paint that will last a few years. Something is wrong when you have to repaint lines every year because they fade that fast.


Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: Annie Oakley

Really?? Are you willing to pay the millions of dollars to repave all the roads? I am sure you would be the first to complain and refuse to pay the higher taxes it would need. Who is the Rocket Scientist now??

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: Debbie Sleep

AGREED!! It is way worse than it was !! It's crazy that they waste time and money doing a half job !! Another street to avoid !!

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: BUMPY ROAD

They did the same thing in Valle Vista.
Kinda takes away from the value of the property that is already in a depressed state.
Who is going to want to buy an "upscale" property with a road like that?


Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

I have an idea. Let's save money by not patching anything, just let the roads deteriorate to the point they return to dirt. Lots of cash saved and no more complaints about tar.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

They could improve the whole mess if they would run a roller over their repairs after it hardens a bit!



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