Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

TACOMA: Stop damaging city streets

Letter by Donald G. Tock, Tacoma on March 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm | 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.


The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.