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3 On Your Side: Shoddy asphalt work?

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By Cheryl Lasseter - bio | email

LINCOLN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - The asphalt job on Cindy Davis' Lincoln County driveway looks OK at first glance. But get closer, and it's questionable.

"This is where my husband's pickup sunk down in the asphalt. This was just like a week ago," Cindy says as she shows us a shallow rut in the asphalt.

The asphalt is peeling up at the edges, and it's easy to crumble with your hands.

Davis wishes she'd followed her original instinct to avoid the company, called Young Asphalting, and its owner, William Young. 

"First of all they came to our house in a pickup truck, wanted to know if we want to have our driveway paved," she says.

She and her husband agreed, and paid $3,000 for hot mix asphalt. Hot mix is what's on the contract. But when the workmanship began to look less than professional, the Davises sought answers from other asphalt companies.

Davis was told the Young company actually laid cold mix. Cold mix is laid after it cools off, so in this case it did not have time to adhere. Because of that, it's crumbling. It can be pulled up, even after six weeks.

3 On Your Side found out cold mix is normally what's used to fill potholes, not to pave a road or driveway.

Davis says William Young told her the company was out of Brookhaven, but there's no address on the contract, and no listing for them in the phone book.

We called Young. He initially lied to us about who he was, then admitted we were speaking to him. He told us the Davises just want something for nothing, and if 3 On Your Side aired this story, he'd call attorney Ross Barnett.

Davis says she just wants what she paid for.

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