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City oversight

June 17, 2009

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To the editor:

We recently saw a description of human death resulting from neglected street repair. We see a contractor who had responsibility to restore a section of street, and had not done so for two weeks after the work finished. It was quickly patched up by the city — after the tragedy. How difficult would it have been to drive by when the project was done, and see whether they had restored the street?

In my own neighborhood, we had two gaping cuts in streets left for weeks after water line replacement. Repeated phone calls got them fixed, but there is still a lot of damage to curbs from heavy equipment that hasn’t been touched — two months after the project finished. This probably isn’t a hazard, but it shows how the city is all too willing to just dump work on contractors and forget it, never holding them accountable for quality or completion. It’s mostly just a nuisance that degrades the quality of neighborhoods — but sometimes it can kill.

Melott is from Lawrence

Comments

Marion Lynn 4 years, 10 months ago

The City of Lawrence, Kansas cannot find a street if it looks down while standing in the middle of the intersection in front of City Hall.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 10 months ago

Yes I agree.... where were the city inspectors?

There are situations all over town where the older streets are generally ignored. Bicycles are expected to keep to the right and that is where plenty of potholes are located and I do mean plenty. Delaware street has its' share. Old west Lawrence,Old East Lawrence,Oread and yes Mass Street.

East 13th from Haskell west are plenty of potential danger spots for cyclists. Think about riding at night. Dodging potholes is part of the deal now.

Rough streets are one thing potholes and chuck holes are another.

832 3456 - Pot Hole Hotline

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