Saturday, February 13, 2016

road work lessons

As major road and drainage work begins on Palmisano Blvd, let's hope lessons learned are implemented.

From sidewalks to road work, we've seen our fair share of traffic cones. In 2011, just when most residents finally moved out of their FEMA trailers, this is what we lived through, and so much was avoidable if basic business practices were used.

cement work

Above shows what happens when FEMA failed to use the cones!

Despite local objections, FEMA contractors used a one-size-fits-all approach and removed two to three feet of natural clay ridges in neighborhood street repairs and replaced the clay with sand and gravel.  We'll see how long before that subsides or collapses on the aging sewer and storm water infrastructure.

Storm water runoff and pollution plans need improvements including dust control and heavy equipment issues.  Unfortunately, in 2013 the trees took a hit as well from heavy equipment and disrespectful out of state workers.

Any governmental project should be the showcase example of performance standards yet to be seen here. Even in the photos below from 2014, local projects with Federal CBDG funding fail to protect trees, pollution runoff, and dust control.

Come on, St Bernard, we can do better than that.

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