Sunday, January 25, 2009

"Coordination" not a word in City's vocabulary

From Brownstoner:

"Today, construction crews started digging up the street yet again - I think it's the third time in three years. I asked the crew what was going on and they said that they're first testing the water pipes and then plan on digging up more of the street to replace water pipes. I said "The street was just paved. Does that mean that there's no coordination between street paving and water mains?" The guy replied with a smile, "Yes." I was pretty horrified by this - what a waste of tax dollars...I'd like to try to find the most productive way to suggest to the Bloomberg administration that coordination of road work may save lots of unneeded spending."

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I realize you're just drawing material from Brownstoner, QC, but...

It's not entirely true that DOT doesn't make an attempt to coordinate. I have it from someone fairly high up in the department responsible for resurfacing that they generally give advance warning when they plan to repave a street segment in order to coordinate with utilities that may have work scheduled in the area.

Anonymous said...

Streets being paved and then some other agency (Con Ed, DEP, etc.) decides to come and dig it up again is a type of dysfunction so entrenched in this City's history that I don't think it will ever change.

Anonymous said...

Kind of like not coordinating the street grading with the street paving. Love having to drive over rough road and raised manholes for a month before they fix it!

panzer65 said...

Same thing happened on the stretch of Eliot Ave, right off Mt. Olivet Crescent.They did a large overhaul of the roadway,including pavement,sidewalk, and lights, ans lo and behold, here comes Con(ned) Ed
to rip up the street to replace conduits.Now there's large plates where the smooth pavement was. Wasn't that done during the reconstruction? Not!

What I'm saying is said...

I think DEP dug up forest parkway in woodhaven during the summer and paved it over and now National Grid is at it again. Its a big shell game.