Asphalt still creating sticky situation in one Peoria neighborhoodPosted: Updated:
PEORIA - An oceanfront view in Arizona? Neighbors in one Valley subdivision say that's what it looks like, minus the water.
Sand was supposed to repair their sticky streets, but instead, neighbors say now they're stuck with both.
The street stuck to Joe Cornelius's fingers when 3 On Your Side first visited the Peoria neighborhood in June.
Homeowners e-mailed after they say they couldn't get the city to repair their roads.
Roads that'd recently been resurfaced, but were now melting as the summer sun set in.
The project is part of a $1.3 million government program designed to stop aging streets from getting worse.
But back then, Peoria spokesperson Kelly Corsette told us the treatment didn't quite go as planned.
"Neither the contractor nor the city is happy with the results obviously," Corsette said.
Days after 3 On Your Side's report first aired, Cactus Asphalt began taking steps to correct the cul-de-sacs.
And while neighbors say the streets are slightly more solid, the fix has them facing a new problem.
Sand the contractor applied to blot the sealant has now become a nuisance.
It's getting tracked inside homes, it's sticking to tires and they are tired of looking at it.
Cactus Asphalt admits it initially applied too much rubberized chip sealant to the streets, but says the sandy mixture is a must if residents want to see their roads improve.
Initially, Cactus Asphalt told 3 On Your Side the streets would take several weeks to fix, but nearly two months later, neighbors say the repairs have a long way to go.
"I would prefer that they take out this junk and put in new asphalt like they should've, and maybe a new product because it's apparent it's not working," Cornelius said.
But Cactus Asphalt said the product isn't a problem anymore along the main roads and says it'll just take a little more time to touch up the edges.
Cactus Asphalt said when the weather cools down the asphalt will age and these problems will go away.