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City works on repairing Main Street

December 17, 2013

West Point street crews could be working to repair potholes left in the wake of a street overlay project as early as Wednesday.
According to Randy Jones, West Point chief administrative officer, the city elected to go with a relatively thin overlay when repaving Main Street in the spring, which had separated in places due to sharp temperature changes.
“That’s the hazard with a thin overlay,” Jones said. “It’s not any fault of the pavers, it’s just typical in the winter. It may not have a good seal on it, and then water gets in, freezes and causes it to separate. ... We’ve known about it. It tends to happen when you’ve got sharp temperature changes like we do where its in the 70s one day and 25 (degrees) the next.”
Like most road work, the initial overlay project was not a cheap one. Jones said just to repave Main Street could cost as much as $100,000 — hence the decision to go with thin overlay. Costs for the repair work on Main are not yet known, though .

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