Bus stop bump on Pearl and Fay once again being repaired

Work crews talk about the solution to the problem on Pearl Street. Photo: Dave Schwab

The road “hump” on the corner of Pearl Street and Fay Avenue in the Village near a bus stop is back and the city is repairing it once again.

Kim LaSelle of the city’s Pavement Management/Street Division said the recurring pavement deformation problem is what’s called “shoving.”

“It’s caused by heavy vehicles going over asphalt surfaces over and over when buses stops and take off again,” LaSelle said adding, “It’s really hard on asphalt surfaces.”

LaSelle noted asphalt is really a liquid. “Though people think of it as solid, it moves with massive repetitive motion,” she said.

LaSelle added shoving is a problem all over the city where bus stops are asphalted.

“We can’t keep those bus lanes smooth,” she said. ‘They’re constantly rippled by bus traffic. Hopefully, they’ll (city) put in a harder base. It may help prevent it (deforming) from happening as quickly.”

A member of the crew starting the repair work between Draper and Eads avenues Thursday morning said they were going to make an adjustment in hopes that the repair would last longer this time. The spot was last repaired in 2009.

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Posted by Dave Schwab on Apr 14, 2011. Filed under Featured Story, La Jolla, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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