Hoboken Paving Botchery and missed opportunities
We briefly touched on this paving botchery last week in the most recent Water Main Break thread. But this still needs to be aired out a bit.
Here we have a situation that the city knew about WAY in advance, as PSE&G did work on 10th street late last year, and it was on them to “fix” the side they dug up for infrastructure upgrades (a phrase the city knows very little about, by the way. Say it slowly, it’s not too hard… IN.. FRA.. STRUC.. TURE.)
Apparently, PSE&G told the city of Hoboken that they had scheduled to pave HALF the street (the side they dug up), and offered to do the other side on the city’s behalf. Since the equipment was already going to be there, and so on. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the whole road re-done properly?
The city refused.
What we’re left with now is a painfully embarrassing mockery of a city road. Kidney-jarring on one side, “freshly shaven” on the other. Eventually this will have to be re-paved entirely again, at a higher cost to property taxpayers. Why the city didn’t creatively capitalize on this opportunity is mind-boggling. Perhaps it has something to do with the excess lawyer overhead we have?