Church Hill residents upset about unfinished repaving

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Driving down 31st Street in Church Hill, you might notice one side of the road has been repaved, while the other side hasn't.

That's the case on many streets in the area and crews have repaved around a parked truck in one spot.

Some neighbors say the roads now are worse than they were before repaving started.

"It's super thin, you can already see the concrete underneath it," said resident Catherine Latcovich.  "It is not a smoother ride at all.  They're doing a horrible job of cleanup."

Pubic Works officials say the paving in Church Hill is not complete and so far the project is on schedule, but they say the rain so far this week could actually push the eventual completion date back.

Other neighbors say people just need to give work crews time to finish the project.

"They haven't finished it," said Lloyd Crawley.  "When they finish it, the street will be smooth just like E Street so everybody needs to be patient."

Public Works says it will be another three to four weeks before crews go back to start finishing the repaving.  Some residents say the repaving is an eyesore and makes the entire neighborhood look bad.

"The city needs to put the effort and time into making it look presentable," Latcovich said.  "It's a historical neighborhood, we want to keep that and we want to make sure our roads reflect our community."

Public Works says the Church Hill repaving is part of the city's annual paving program.  That program aims to repave nearly a third of city streets in the next five years.

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