Man: Botched asphalt job ruined driveway
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A local family says they're out a lot of cash after someone knocked on their door offering to pave the driveway with excess asphalt.
It's like a scene out of Disney's movie "Cars." When Matter drove on the road after Lightning McQueen rushed through paving it. But one local family says they're not laughing about the real-life radiator springs in their driveway.
"It wouldn't have been as bad if they just fixed it," Doug Jones said.
Jones says his new driveway is bumpy, uneven and unfinished. He says the project started with great promise after an asphalt crew showed up on his doorstep, offering to do his driveway.
"He said that he had some extra material," Jones said.
They reportedly told him the leftover asphalt was from a road they were paving nearby.
"He goes, 'You know I'll get you within 10 feet of the road for $1,000,'" Jones said.
Jones agreed and paid $1,000 in cash, but he says the crew never finished.
"The rock is showing through up there," he said. "It's not level like they told me it was going to be."
Jones says he's made numerous calls to get the crew to come back and finish the job.
"He told me that he'd get his guys to clean it up," Jones said. "Nothing."
To make matters worse, Jones has a disabled son.
"Having a disabled son, he can't play on it," Jones said.
It's something Terry Bynum with Able Paving has seen before.
"Happens all the time in the paving industry," Bynum said.
Bynum says asphalt contractors bid projects on low profit margins. He adds that having extra material rarely happens.
"Normally, if someone says they have material left over, it would throw a red flag up to me," Bynum said. "If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is."
As for Jones and his unfinished driveway...
"I just want them do what they said they were going to do," he said. "That's all I want."
We spoke by phone to Jeremey Jackson who says he owns the asphalt company in question. Jackson told us he would refund some of the money to the homeowner on Saturday, but that has yet to happen.
Jackson did not wish to appear on camera for this story.
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