The small patch of paving on Dietz Road looks like a job half done, with an uneven surface and edges.
But that little patch of asphalt represents time and money on down the road, said Chuck Taylor, head of the Catoosa County Roads Department.
“Crews don’t have to go back onto a newly paved road to do repairs or other work that should have been done before,” Mr. Taylor said. “That’s a practice that has cost the county money over the years.”
The repair on Dietz Road is a section that will be paved by Talley Construction.
“We dug down about 18 inches and put coarse rock at the bottom, good aggregate on top and then asphalt,” Mr. Taylor said. “If you don’t have a good base under a road, it won’t last. So we fix it now.”
Commissioner James Emberson, who did not run for re-election, said he is proud of the road improvements done in his four-year term.
“We’ve made a lot of improvements and with the just approved (special sales tax) we have ample funds for additional road work,” he said.
Talley Construction was awarded $982,000 to repair and pave various roads. The cost of materials is less on larger jobs, Mr. Taylor said.
“If you use less than 150 tons of asphalt the price would be about $135 to $150 per ton,” he said. “A job over 150 tons drops the price to about $85 per ton.”
The “pre-paving” crew is a best practice initiated by Mr. Taylor, who was hired less than a year ago.
Among projects completed are drains in Cherokee Valley and other repairs on Mack Smith Road, which was damaged by large trucks used in the West Chickamauga basin sewer interceptor project.
“(We) know there is going to be some damage or destruction (to roads) during a project, we anticipate that and it’s in the contract,” said Christal Thomas, Catoosa County projects manager. “But the fact is Mack Smith was basically disintegrated, and we are having to redo it.”