Tuesday, June 16, 2009

To asphalt or not to asphalt

No, I do not think this means all that much other than for the symbolism of it all.

Consider that the original Act 47 Plan required the City to sell it’s asphalt plant. (page 151, page 163 per the pdf numbering). Now the new Act 47 (page 210, page 219 per the pdf numbering) plan being debated (for lack of a better verb) says the city should “fully analyze the costs and benefits associated with a new asphalt plant”.

Semantics, but would you ever want to less-than-fully analyze something like that. Makes you wonder where else the costs and benefits were not 'fully' analyzed in the first Act 47 plan.


Anonymous RoboticGhost said...


But speaking of asphalt, its one of the under-told stories of this our modern age. Asphalt is a petroleum product, and the price of asphalt follows the price of crude up and down. For look at recent asphalt prices in PA, click here. For a longer history here's Caltran's archives. Now, assuming oil resumes its march into the stratosphere when the recession ends, paving all those roads from the center city all the way out into the exburbs is going to be a much greater expense than it was just a few years ago. Anything in the Act 47 plan about that? Granted, the City isn't likely to add a bunch of new roads but the costs associated with maintaining them is a big question mark right now.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:57:00 PM  
Blogger Infinonymous said...

Whatever the plan says about asphant, it has to be better than the part of the plan that called for giving $4 million to a company so it could move every one of its manufacturing jobs out of the city (and county) within 18 months.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 7:03:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I wasn't aware that they put any new asphalt on the streets of anybody who wasn't on the committee or had the last name Costa.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 9:35:00 PM  
Blogger n'at said...

I think PWSA has paved more this season due to water main breaks than DPW for regular maintenance... Joking, but wouldn't that be telling if the quantities were close?

Paving is the least of DPW's troubles. The base on all our streets are the old Belgian block and trolly lines. Although a little rough, we'll be okay and people will drive slower.

I would focus on PW04: Identify and plan to meet technology and professional needs. They finally hired an actual traffic engineer about 1-1/2 or 2 years ago, and they have been better for it.

They need qualified professional structural and geotechnical engineers to effectively manage their roads and bridges, convey the issues to the proper authorities, and seek state and federal funding streams to pay for it all.

Consultants can't and shouldn't do everything for them.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 6:48:00 AM  

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