We've had an up close and personal view of utility work recently as one company or another has been opening up portions of Clayton Road from Big Bend to Demun and maybe even east of that. It's been something of an obstacle course to turn onto or off Clayton Road for months and the areas they finish (!) are lanes with bumpy irregular patches which reek havoc on cars. At the moment the stoplight intersection of Clayton and Seminary Place has been filled with asphalt which is a good two inches below the driving surface and just beyond that is a big iron plate a good two inches above the driving surface. Turning right is something of an effort and continuing west toward Walgreens you'll be driving over bumpy lumpy patched roads.
I always turn to the "Ask the Road Crew" column in Monday's Post-Dispatch to see what's happening in the metro area and the question from readers about bad road patches comes up a lot. And, these patches are always due to past utility work which has never been done well or resurfaced smoothly. The answer like this one from May 2: " "
Permanent Patches! Oxymoron alert
This means for most roads tormented by utility work, we just have to live with the mess. That is always the answer. "We'll be resurfacing permanently, you just have to wait. Years.
There is an app named Nextdoor which if you download it, will put you in contact with people in your general neighborhood area. This is kind of a forum where you can ask about who to call to fix a leaky roof or find a lost dog or recent crime etc. This week the topic on our area Nextdoor was on the road conditions left behind by the utility work on Clayton Road. I was happy to read that we are not the only ones who are frustrated with the horrible shape these companies have left the roads. "
The problem is, no one can find who is in charge of permanently fixing these roads. Some are blaming the city of Clayton, others the County Board chairman, others just want to know who is in charge and can get things done correctly. What we do know is that Clayton Road is a County Road. But is repairing the road after work done by utilities part of anyone's contract? It seems that bids for repairs have not even been sent out which should have been done and approved before any utility work was begun.