PHOTO: Due to the cold weather during last year's paving project at the crossing in Rainsville, the asphalt did not seal properly. (Marla Jones | Southern Torch)
Marla Jones, Reporter
RAINSVILLE, Ala. — In October 2017, the Rainsville City Council accepted federal funding for road paving at the intersection of Alabama State Highway 35 and State Highway 75 and specific city streets in Rainsville in the amount of $402,993.72.
Soon after the project was completed, Southern Torch received calls and online messages concerning the quality of the paving job.
We contacted the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for answers and were referred to Project Manager and Rainsville Councilmember, Bejan Taheri.
In a phone interview on Thursday, March 29, 2017, Taheri said the problem was due to a defect in the asphalt. When the asphalt was put down, it did not seal properly due to the cold weather.
“We cannot do anything until the weather gets to 70 degrees or higher. Wiregrass will also repair the concrete islands at the intersection,” stated Taheri. “I have also noticed some problems near Sonic. We will wait until the weather warms and we will run tests to assess the problem.”
A call to Wiregrass Construction was not immediately returned. Southern Torch will continue to update on this story.