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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- Dustin Richardson can’t stomach the sight of the streets around his home in Richmond's Carytown.

"It looks terrible," said Richardson. "They have missed the corners completely around the corners and there are even some spots where the company missed. It doesn't cover the old street at all."

The Richmonder questions the quality of recent paving projects by city contractors along his South Sheppard Street neighborhood near Carytown.

Ronnie Jones agrees the streets have seen better days.

"Sheppard is very busy it's a main thorough fare for a lot of people going to work," said Jones.

CBS 6 News' Greg McQuade took neighbors concerns to Richmond City Hall and asked about the resurfacing project.

"We know that there are people that see the roads and they say, 'Oh my gosh! Why would they leave the roads like this,'" said Richmond Department of Public Work’s Sharon North.

North said the mess along the streets is temporary as contractors need to level the uneven areas and patching potholes. However, she said it is going to look unsightly for a few weeks.

According to North, contractors need to prep the streets before paving.

Think of asphalt prep work in terms of painting your house. You patch some holes and prime the walls before applying the final coat of paint. The same rules apply to the streets.

The city will spend more than $7 million this fiscal year resurfacing streets in need of repair. North asks for patience during the project.

"It is a necessary evil we want the roads to look better you want the roads better so that's the process to get them that way," said North.

Th goal is a smoother road, but neighbors might have to endure a few bumps and a few weeks along the way to get there.

"To finally see them back up to the standard of what they should be in an urban environment I'm just the bare minimum would be nice," says Dustin Richardson.

If you have any questions about paving projects in the city, call 804-646-1798.

1 Comment

  • Isaac Brown

    The parking restrictions have been very poorly thought out, you’d think they’d have a clear plan for what order they are working different strips or road. They have been closing the entire neighborhood 3 days at a time while only working in select parts (or not at all). They’ve also been posting the signs with little or no notice (posting signs restricting parking after 7AM on Oct 29 at 9AM on Oct 29 in one instance).

    I’m sure someone somewhere knows exactly what work they plan to do each day meticulously planned out (I hope so anyway) and there is just some terrible break down in communication, but so far they’ve worked on my block 2 days of the 9 they restricted parking.

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