Tuesday, February 23, 2010

obligatory Pittsburgh pothole post

First off.  Tube City Online has some deconstruction of new Port Authority bus routing.  He focuses on the near Mon Valley, but some funny observations in there.  Where's McKeesport?

But more intentional humor is the obligatory and omni-municpality pothole cartoon Jason has as well. Not a joke unfortunately.  See the update in the PG's Roundabout new blog about one expensive pothole.  Ouch. 

Potholes always bring to mind one of the more concrete results of the whole Act 47 process. Consider that the original Act 47 Plan required the City to sell it’s asphalt plant. (page 151, page 163 per the pdf numbering). Gotta save money by all means available no matter how little sense it makes. Check out the link above to see the costs for just one car in just one collision with just one pothole in the city.  And I bet we have a few more freeze/thaw cycles left this season.  I wish there was a way to benchmark expenditures on suspension work per capita here vs. other cities. 

Of course the new Act 47 (page 210, page 219 per the pdf numbering) plan approved last year  says the city should “fully analyze the costs and benefits associated with a new asphalt plant”.  Anyone want to check in on what the results of that analysis were?   Of course, the Act 47 plan had no money allocated for that study mandated by the plan.

If we want our asphalt plant back, it's amazing what you can buy on ebay. Think they would take Paypal for that?  Of course we might only be able to afford this one.


Blogger n'at said...

The asphalt plant is not a panacea for potholes. Potholes within the city are formed under the asphalt. Simply applying new asphalt over the problem, is like covering your blemished face with concealer.

By having the asphalt plant, the city would have the ability to apply more concealer on more roads over a greater period of time.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 7:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The full cost/benefit analysis of potholes has a few benefits.

People speed and pass dangerously on my street all the time. Kids (and one very brave crossing guard) risk their lives every morning. The pothole on my block is a fantastic speed bump!

Another angle ... it is almost exactly at a point where three municipalities converge. No one will ever take responsibility for that patch of road to fix it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 9:11:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Asphalt zen R us.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 10:09:00 AM  

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