- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A newly repaired stretch of Highway 58 is damaging vehicles and could mean a lawsuit from the contractor.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1UrJzbf) drivers started submitting damage claims before the $850,000 project’s September completion.

Rather than resurfacing, transportation officials chose a cheaper process that involves pressing a mixture of rock chips and liquid asphalt onto the existing road.

Drivers say rock chips fly up from the road and damage windshields and paint.

Contractor High Desert Aggregate and Paving is threating to sue over claims it paid out.

The company says the transportation department gave improper instructions.

A transportation official says workers are sweeping away rocks between Dexter and Westfir as weather is not yet conducive for repairs.

Drivers are advised to slow down and keep their distance behind other vehicles.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com


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