ANSWERS: Questions about road to Stoney Creek, yellow lines and microsurface overlays

Posted: Sep. 14, 2012 6:15 pm Updated: Nov. 28, 2014 3:26 pm


Who is responsible for the street between the Dollar Tree (3737 Broadway) and Steak 'n Shake (at 3819 Broadway)? This street is in very bad shape and has been for years.

The road was built as an access road for the construction of Stoney Creek Inn, which opened during the summer of 1998, and city engineer Jeff Steinkamp says maintenance of the private road is in the hands of the hotel owners. The city right of way extends 60 feet north into the drive from Broadway for the traffic signal operation. Beyond 60 feet, the road is private. In 1997, the city approved a plat filed by Stoney Creek Investors of Quincy LLC. A perpetual roadway easement and maintenance agreement was filed with the plat for the three lots, which includes the hotel, Steak ‘n Shake and Applebee's.

"We have to work with them because part of the road is maintained by the city, but back there where it's really nasty, that's not for the city to maintain," Steinkamp said.

Keith Shaffer, general manager for Stoney Creek Inn, was unavailable for comment.


The yellow center line needs to be replaced on 36th Street at Wismann Lane to the railroad tracks. The road is narrow, and traffic has a tendency to crowd the center line. How does the center line get repainted? I travel this road almost every day and dread meeting traffic on this street.

Paul Havermale, Third Ward alderman, said questions about getting lines repainted on city streets should be directed to him by contacting him at 224-4504 or at

"That's not a problem," he said. "If they would tell me about it, I'd be happy to get it taken care of, and we'll turn it over to the paint crew."


Adams County recently has paved a number of highways and sections of roads -- 48th Street to Ill. 96, and State Street from 48th Street to Burton, just to name some of the most traveled. Are there plans to finish the surface on these roads? What has been "completed" is rough and really not finished.

The Adams County Highway Department is responsible for the construction, maintenance and repair of 247 miles of county roads. County engineer Jim Frankenhoff said that a microsurface overlay recently was done over those two roads. The process is new to the area, though it has been used in other counties for several years.

"It's a pavement preservation surface. Instead of spending over $125,000 a mile, we're spending about half of that and trying to preserve the surface that's there without a lot of work to side roads and shoulders," he said.

Frankenhoff said he considers work on both roads to be finished, but on 48th Street, a few people "failed to give the contractor enough courtesy to get the job done properly."

"People drove around the cones and across unfinished surfaces, or they made turn marks in the underlying surface that reflected through to the finished surface," Frankenhoff said. "We don't intend to repair them, but we hope they will wear down over time. (The finished surface) is only three-eighths of an inch thick, so it's tough to get the marks or rough areas out. We're trying to make the best with what we've got, given the mileage Adams County has to maintain."


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