After watching the Georgia Department of Transportation blundering on I-20 for the past several years, I realized that the situation was not as comical as I first thought.
First, they repaired the seams in the concrete, then they repaired the repairs. Then they re-repaired the repairs. After they spent enough to replace the concrete, they replaced the concrete and repaired portions of the left lane again. Months after they finished the right lane replacement, chunks of concrete started breaking loose from the seam between the two lanes and repairs started anew.
Before they could finish repairing the replaced concrete, two sections of the westbound lane sunk about three inches. Now the re-replacement of the replaced concrete has begun. ...
All this is only the tip of the iceberg. The sad truth is that between the Harlem exit and Belair Road, there are literally hundreds of places where water and mud are oozing up through the seams of the new concrete. The DOT knows this concrete will have to be re-replaced soon because water has gotten under the concrete.
Work should stop on I-20 until the DOT can figure out how to build a road. Taxpayers, in the meantime, should prepare themselves to fork out millions more for the re-replacement. How these people keep their jobs is a mystery to me. How elected and appointed officials, who seem clueless, keep their job is also a mystery.
Why the Republican-controlled Augusta Chronicle has not reported this multimillion dollar waste of taxpayer money is not a mystery to me.
John Sullivent, Harlem, Ga.
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