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TACOMA: Stop damaging city streets

Letter by Donald G. Tock, Tacoma on March 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm with 4 Comments »
March 26, 2012 1:19 pm

I am angry! Our utility services here in Tacoma, and perhaps others, are turning reasonably good main streets into wrecks.

They jackhammer large holes and often long and big trenches into our streets and make a final repair patch that is shoddy. Our city employees and/or their contractors should have pride in the work the do. Instead, it’s a disgrace.

Here are two recent examples of streets that they have wrecked in North Tacoma. Check out Stevens between 21st and 28th streets north. Also ride down North 37th Street between Pearl and Vassault. Also note that they are in the process of wrecking Vassault itself south of 37th.

There are no valid reasons, other that shoddy workmanship, for patching those holes and trenches with the bumps and dips that run along the bulk of the patch. If the folks doing those street repairs don’t have the skill and knowledge to return the street to a level and smooth fix, then its time to invest in their education and training.

It’s also time that our city foremen overseeing those jobs take notice and correct this problem. Quality control checks by some of the city administrative “brass” are long overdue! Our roads are in poor enough condition from weather and general use without street-wreckers willfully destroying them in the name of installing and fixing underground utilities.


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  1. cclngthr says:

    One problem I have is workers tear up the streets right after it is perfectly resurfaced by independent contractors who have a way of making a smooth surface on a road. The patch jobs city workers do don’t pay attention to the details and how to make the roads smooth without hills and valleys.

  2. There are far too many examples just like those Mr. Tock lists. Someone needs to provide answers for the obvious questions.

  3. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    The patches on Stevens are temporary – not sure about 37th as I haven’t driven it in a while, but I would suspect the same.

    The burning question about Stevens is whether they’ll replace all of the affected panels with new concrete ones, or cheap-out and do a blacktop overlay.
    My money’s on the latter. But either way, they will be waiting for better weather.

    I know when we disrupt a concrete panel, we have to restore the whole thing in concrete. We’ll see if that applies to the city as well.

    ccingthr, you’re so right.

  4. Don: I drive that road every morning. Haven’t you seen the signs that have been up for the last month saying “CONCRETE PAVING TO BEGIN APRIL 2012?” The concrete cannot be placed if the temperature is dropping below 40 degrees which is why I believe the City’s contractor is waiting until April.

    Vox: If you look at the pavement you can see where they have already been marking complete panels for removal.

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