DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. The rumbling noise heard while driving on the recently repaved Ashford Ave. has raised questions from some locals who are wondering if the paving job was done incorrectly.
Its definitely still bumpy, absolutely they should redo it, said Dobbs Ferry resident Maria Rehme. I pass through there quite often and its definitely noticeable, I thought they werent finished yet.
Referred to by Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett as a washboard effect, the recently repaved road has some inconsistencies creating a sensation of driving over several bumps in the road.
In a message to residents Connett said the village has had meetings with the contractor, attorney, engineers, the head of public safety and department of public works to create a solution to this problem.
At this point, it is too late in the season to consider any remediation work, Connett said in the message. Instead, the village and the contractor have agreed that 50 percent of the amount of the Ashford Avenue paving project will be withheld.
The village is currently looking at ways to correct the problem including possibly repaving certain areas, but also noted that the contractor has been working in good faith throughout the process. While the issue will be fixed in the springtime, village administrator Marcus Serrano said the contractors were unsure how it occurred.
We had a couple meetings with them and they said theyve been doing this for over 20 years and theyve never had an issue like this before and they dont know whats going on, he said.
Others havent even realized the rumbling and dont see it as a big concern for the area.
I didnt really notice it, said Irvington resident Rebecca Lazar. I dont think it needs to be redone unless its unsafe.
Connett did make a point to remind residents there are no structural problems with the road, rather just an inconvenience the village plans to fix as soon as possible.
In the meantime, the road is safe and we will have to live with the bumps through the winter, Connett said.
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