I think there are probably many other people who feel the same way I do about this issue so I bring it up. It has to do with the way street repair is done in Bozeman.

Common sense has always told me that when you repair something it should be better after the repair than it was before the repair. I don't think that generally applies to the repair of streets in Bozeman. I have tried to talk to the person in charge and left a message, but I have not gotten a return call so my back-up position is to write a letter to the editor.

A chuck hole is usually filled with hot mix and tamped down. I find that with this kind of repair it is most often done so that the repaired spot is higher than the pavement around it so when you drive over it now instead of your wheel falling into the hole it now bumps up. It would be much better if the surfaces matched so the smoothness of the road is restored.

Sections where the top layer of pavement has worn off usually gets some kind of spray with a tar-like substance and then the kind of gravel used for chip sealing is place on top of it. This leaves a very rough surface that is usually worse to drive over than what was there before the repair was done.

I just don't get why when repairing a road surface it can't be done so that when we drive over it we don't have to slow down just as much or more as we did before. I often think a sixth grader with an hour of instruction could do a better job.

Stephen Geiger