Highway 22 project finished

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The Highway 22 paving project through Riverside is finally completed.

On Monday night, the council formally accepted the project, indicating the work is finally completed.

The project began in 2018, and for months last year traffic was reduced to a single lane through the city, trying the patience of Riverside residents and motorists who had to drive through the town.

The project did not close without an issue, however.

The state Department of Transportation, which provided partial funding for the work, noted that the asphalt paving was inconsistent. Some areas had dips and bumps while other areas were smooth qualifying for payment incentives.

The areas with dips and bumps required the contractor to pay the city for work that did not meet standards while the areas that exceeded smoothness requirements required the city to pay the contractor.

When the payments were balanced, LL Pelling, the paving contractor, was required to pay the city $3,750.

“On the whole, it’s above spec,” said city engineer Scott Pottorff with MMS Consultants.

City Councilperson Tom Sexton agreed.

“The street itself is OK except the manhole covers,” he said.

Sexton added that the sod work along the street fell short of his expectations.

“I just hope on future projects we have better quality work done on sod,” he said.

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