Altavista Road Construction Woes

Altavista, VA - Road construction continues on parts of Main and 7th Streets and Campbell and Pittsylvania Avenues. The work has been slow going ,and it's hurting local businesses.

"Streetlight to streetlight, it's cost me about $70,000," business owner Bill Allen said.

Allen's business sits right in front of it all.

"We sell gas, we work on cars. If you can't get the car in here, you can't do any business," Allen said.

Allen says he's a patient guy, but this time he's fed up.

"They pave it, they have to tear it up. They just finished paving this road and they're going to tear it all up again. They're going to tear that intersection out. This sidewalk here has been poured about three times," Allen explained.

Assistant Town Manager Dan Witt says the company has made some mistakes.

Among the problems, the asphalt wasn't originally poured high enough in spots, and some measurements were a little off.

"The contractor put down asphalt on Monday and when they came back and inspected it, it did not meet their specs," Witt said.

Part of Main Street will be dug up again this week and re-poured. There is more work beyond Main Street, however, that still needs to be done.

"November 4 through November 8, they have to close the west side of Pittsylvania Avenue to fix what is the mistake in that intersection" Witt said.

Virginia Carolina Paving is handling the project. They promise to fix all mistakes at their own dollar.

According to town officials, town taxpayer dollars went to the cost of water and sewer lines and 20% of the road construction.

The remaining 80% was paid for by grants from the Transportation Enhancement Act.

Town Officials say phase five and six of the project are actually ahead of schedule.

Construction started in March and the contract states they have until the end of this year.

The town's Vice Mayor is part owner of Virginia Carolina Paving. Witt tells ABC 13 the decision to hire the paving company was all above board.

Witt says that in October 2012, sealed bids were submitted, so no one knew who was bidding.

In December, VDOT reviewed the bids and ruled in favor the company.

The project costs a little more than $2 million.