VIDEO: Windsor Road potholes

VIDEO: Windsor Road potholes

Windsor Road has fallen victim to an alkali-silica reaction that is destroying the concrete in the road and making it disintegrate. The only solution is to tear out the road and build a new one, and officials are working on designs - but that's a $6 or $7 million project, and it's money that Urbana doesn't have.


Rick Danzl
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Orbiter wrote on February 21, 2014 at 10:02 am

Isn't "alkali-silica" rot predictable?  Shouldn't we hold the contractor who created the problem responsible? Why does the city keep pouring money down potholes that are virtually there by design of the contractors?

Patrick Wade wrote on February 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm
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Thanks for your comment. This is a tough one, because alkali-silica deterioration is largely a non-issue in Illinois. There are a few examples, but it's rare. It was a virtually unknown issue when Windsor Road was built, and basically, the materials used in the road were never checked.

It's hard to prevent something you didn't know existed. Whether the contractor should have known and should be held accountable is certainly up for debate.