The Jackson County Highway Department is working with Gerke Excavating, Inc. to fix some divots created by their trucks in the spring of 2017 on Hwy. P between East Blair Road and Hwy. X.

Gerke Excavating, Inc. repaved the road in 2015 and created the divots when they came back the following spring.

“They came back because the shoulders had settled a little bit more than they should have the following year and so they were trying to re-shoulder the road,” Jackson County highway commissioner Randy Anderson said. “When they came out on the project to inspect it, they were actually doing damage to the road. Any place that trucks were sitting for a period of time, the trucks were actually sinking into the asphalt up to three-quarters of an inch.”

Gerke has already tried to remedy the issue by patching the road.

They have already tried to heat the asphalt, rake it up and roll it out, but that made it look like a patchwork quilt and you were actually trading a divot for a bump, so we said that wasn’t going to work,” Anderson said.

The Highway Department is now trying to get Gerke Excavating, Inc. to mill the road again and repave it from East Blair Road to Hwy. X.

So far Gerke Excavating, Inc. has not agreed to make the repairs, so the Jackson County Highway Department is holding back $38,000 in payments and has not released the bond yet.

“Our corporation counsel has put the bonding company and Gerke on notice that they need to do something,” Anderson said.

Even though there are divots in the road, Anderson said that the road has held up remarkably well.

“What really amazes me is that it isn’t cracking. Generally after the first year you have quite a few cracks. Mother Nature gives you a test and creates cracks, but in this case it has very few for that segment,” Anderson said adding that when the road is milled and repaved, it should be the same material used.

“I think Gerke did a really nice job on this project. We just have something that didn’t go quite right so hopefully we can get that fixed and everybody will be satisfied,” Anderson said.

Gerke Excavating, Inc. was unable to be reached for comment.

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