In Your Corner: Bad Roads

Poor road patches on 6th Avenue South in Birmingham (WIAT)
Poor road patches on 6th Avenue South in Birmingham (WIAT)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1368934720&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4063341&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1368934720 type=script]JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) – It can be very discouraging when a road is freshly paved and then work crews come along and cut it up, leaving behind a less than smooth ride.

That’s how Jurail Chancellor feels following a recent drive along 6th Avenue South in Birmingham. “It has not been put back the way it should be.”

Chancellor says his vehicle was recently damaged when a loose iron water pipe covering popped up.

Over in Fairfield along 42nd and Debardeladen a neighbor wrote to In Your Corner, complaining that a Jefferson CountySewer contractor did a poor job on this road after fixing sewer lines.

Even the construction signs were left behind. “I really think they should fix it, a lot of kids ride their bikes, they’re getting hurt.”

Within 24 hours of our calls to Fairfield City Hall, the mayor’s office says the contractor will be out as soon as possible, to repave the road.

They were told crews are waiting for the patchwork to settle before re-paving.

The construction signs were picked up.

So what if you see a similar problem in your neighborhood? Start with a complaint to your city’s street department. They should be able to track down who had the permit for the road work.

They need specific locations and pictures if possible. It’s especially important if there is any damage to vehicles.

Laws are on the books in several cities, that require utilities and contractors to repair all the damage caused by their work.

They may also be liable for any damage to your vehicle.

If you have an issue you would like us to look into, send an email to inyourcorner@cbs42.com.

 

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