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Web Extra: Paul Voytek, CEO of Erie Water Works, discusses why water works crews did what they did

He said that to make the repairs suitable for milling and repaving, they have to go in and put down a binder and a good base.

An Erie man is questioning the timing of a road repair made only hours before the work was ripped up by City of Erie streets crews.
We're talking about a section of street along McClelland Avenue where a paving project is underway.
Richard Christoph called us and was questioning why the city is wasting money when it comes to road repairs.
Since January of this year, Richard Christoph has put up with a temporary road repair following a water main break.
Crews fixed the break, but the road repairs left him shaking his head when backhoes came out this morning and tore up the road.
Christoph says in his opinion, this is a total waste of taxpayer money and better communication is needed between city departments.
But the head of Erie Water Works, Paul Voytek, said his crews did exactly what they were supposed to do.
He said that to make the repairs suitable for milling and repaving, they have to go in and put down a binder and a good base. It was actually done yesterday to make sure it was properly prepared for today's repaving by the streets department.
Voytek says there is plenty of communication between all the departments and that's why the permanent repairs to the road were done only hours before milling and repaving was to begin.
What Christoph saw would probably make the average citizen question the ripping up of the new patch but again, Voytek says the pre-milling road patch is needed before milling and paving can begin.
If you would like to hear more from water works CEO Paul Voytek, log onto yourerie.com and look for our web extra.
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