A portion of Appleway Boulevard in Spokane Valley will be repaved by an asphalt contractor that is having to rework rough sections of a repaving project it handled earlier on a nearby stretch of Sprague Avenue.
Spokane Rock Products was the lowest of four bidders at $294,624 for the street preservation project along Appleway between Thierman and Park roads.
The company paved a section of Sprague last month that quickly developed minor washboarding problems in the northern-most lanes between Vista and Park roads, but city officials said the contractor readily acknowledged those problems and agreed to fix them.
“The contractor is working with us” on getting the problems resolved, said Spokane Valley Public Works Director Eric Guth, explaining that the company had an issue with one of its pavers during the Sprague project. “We are in the process of defining the out-of-spec areas and those will be fixed by the contractor.”
Guth said he had no reservations recommending the company be awarded the new Appleway contract, which the City Council did on Tuesday night despite opposition from an audience member who drew attention to the washboarding problem and suggested a different bidder be considered instead.
“It’s like driving on buckboard,” Valley resident Dan Allison told council members.
Guth said discussions already were under way with the company about getting the Sprague problems resolved before the concerns were raised during the council meeting.
Spokane Rock Products beat out three other companies for the Appleway project.
They were: Shamrock Paving Inc., which bid $309,341; Poe Asphalt Paving, $318,395; and Inland Asphalt Co., $320,658.