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When a cave-in is reported, CDOT inspectors will assess the degree of damage to the roadway and determine what caused the problem. It will then forward its assessment to the agency or utility company that needs to make the repairs. Depending on what caused the cave-in, work under the roadway might need to be completed before the road repairs are made.


Should you have an unfortunate encounter with a pothole or worse and you sustain damage to your vehicle, the City does have an “on-line claims filing process”:


Visit http://www.chicityclerk.com/community-affairs/claims.


What about asphalt repairs in general at your community?


When driving into a community, one of the first things you notice is the look of the roads and the feel of the pavement under your tires. Maintaining roadways, driveways, and walking paths enhance the beauty of your community. Smooth roadways also cut down on car maintenance which is sure to please homeowners.


How can you determine if a community’s roads may be in need of some repairs? Generally, a common tell-tale sign is cracks in the pavement surface. Large sections of cracked road surfaces are often called “alligator cracks” because they resemble the skin pattern of an alligator.


There are basically four things that can be done to the asphalt to keep it in good condition:


• Crack Filling: Maintain open seams and other open cracks before they deteriorate. Small, straight cracks can be filled to prolong the life of your asphalt. Not treated, these small cracks can, in time, become a costly paving project. Regular maintenance of asphalt cracks can prolong the useful life of your pavement and minimize more expensive repairs during future replacement projects.


• Full Depth Repairs: Fractured joints, alligator cracks, and potholes may be indicative of deterioration below the surface. In these cases, full-depth repair may be required. Localized full-depth repair is an alternative interim solution for repairing a section of asphalt as opposed to a full mill and pave.


• Milling and Paving: As asphalt pavement ages, the cost of annual maintenance increases and total remediation of the community’s pavement makes long-term financial sense. Pavement projects can be costly, but your roadways, driveways and walking paths will be new again. The process involves milling and disposing of the top several inches of asphalt repairing the underlying pavement base course as needed and installing a new asphalt top course. Pavement remediation can also include curb and drainage repair or the addition of speed calming devices such as speed humps.


• Sealcoating and Restriping: Sealcoating can protect your asphalt from minor wear and UV damage. Sealcoating is recommended two years after a new installation, and every five years thereafter to maintain the beautiful look of your asphalt. Restriping is necessary after sealcoating, and it’s also a great way to give your community a quick makeover.


Communities that are responsible for maintaining their own asphalt roadways and driveways will find that this element will make-up a large portion of their overall budget. There are significant benefits to developing and adhering to both short-term and long-range plans for the pavement. Roadways are definitely key in presenting the community and creating an initial first impression for any visitor. A roadway in poor condition could drive away a potential buyer of a unit before they ever get inside. Therefore, maintaining roads is a big factor in maintaining property values.


A good plan for the roads will also keep assessments level. Communities that fail to do regular maintenance (sealcoating and crack-filling) will end up with a larger bill when the road requires a full rebuild years before it would have been necessary, had they been maintained properly. Your roads are there more than just to drive on. Treat them well and maybe you will miss hitting that next pothole.


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