Construction project nearing end of warranty period

A large street/drainage/water project that wrapped up last year in Burleson Heights is nearing the end of its warranty period. The contractor is still responsible for past damage to private property or flaws that become evident until Sept. 17.

The cameras of Google StreetView captured trenching along Princeton Drive in 2011. (Click to enlarge.)

The project replaced water lines in Burleson Heights, added storm drains, rebuilt streets, replaced more than 5,000 linear feet of concrete curbs and replaced almost 14,000 square feet of concrete driveway aprons. The work involved water lines, storm drains and, to an extent, gas lines and sewer lines.

The project manager in the city’s Public Works Department who oversaw the project has retired, and the project is now managed by Lisa Whitworth. She says that a city inspector and the contractor will walk the project at the end of the warranty and look for problems such as buckling in the asphalt, pieces of pavement coming up and settling around trenchlines.

City inspectors are investigating why a new road surface that was designed to last 20 years is cracking and sinking in several places in Burleson Heights.

City staff are investigating why a new road surface that was designed to last 20 years is cracking and settling in several places in Burleson Heights. (Click to enlarge.)

Alligator cracking, caused by expansion and contraction of the asphalt over our clay soils, has created openings in the asphalt and will need to be sealed with tar to prevent water from disturbing the subsurface of the streets. Much has been sealed over the past year already, but if you see more alligator cracking or more serious problems described above, you only have one week to report it.

Contact the city’s and contractor’s project managers to report problems:

Lisa Whitworth, city’s project manager
City of Austin Public Works

Dale Deeten, contractor’s project manager
Aaron Concrete
926-7326, ext. 307

For more information, read past blogs on this project from Aug. 10, 2011 and  Sept. 10, 2011, when the warranty period was about to begin.


About burlyheights

C. Forrest is a longtime resident of Burleson Heights.
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