September 23, 2014
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Neighborhood of potholes

To the Editor:

I drive to my father's on Palmer Avenue and the through-adjacent neighborhoods. I wonder if they are planning on repairing the roads so they are passable this winter. Those roads will be virtually un-plowable. Once the first snow hits and the plows go through, there will be major potholes. I know that the asphalt plants will be closing soon. So I am wondering to myself, when are they going to fix them?

This is a safety factor for everyone. Our streets need to be passable. Right now, there is a barrel sitting in a hole in the middle of the road. You have to swerve around it. That section of Palmer Avenue is very narrow. There is an accident waiting to happen. Picture it. You’re driving home with snow on your windows, near whiteout conditions. White knuckling the steering wheel, you hit a barrel in the middle of the road, and the car goes into a pothole. Thanks a lot. I know that I would be looking to point some fingers. Hopefully, nobody gets hurt because then a lawyer may try to prove that the city knew of the issue and neglected to fix it; not good for the city's budget next year.

The other concern is the cost if someone does hit these potholes. The extra cost to fix a front end on a car: tire – $60 to $200; ball joint – $200; alignment – $65 to $100. Christmas is just around the corner. We don't need the extra financial burden, either.

All I am suggesting is someone go through the areas that have been in construction, fill out a punch list and hold the contractor accountable. Make them fix it. If they don't fix it, remove them from the bid list at the next contract. There are many ways to do this, but that should get them on their feet. Let's be more conscious of our spending. I always like to say that I got my money’s worth. Let's make sure the end product is what we paid our hard-earned money for.

Seeing these things just makes me wonder, what ever happened to taking pride in your labor? I know if an old-timer was standing next to me, he would say, "What a disgrace." Things have changed for the worst. The answer is accountability. I guess nobody cares about quality anymore; only the bottom line matters. Well, it shows.

Kevin Wyman
Warwick


Editor's note: The neighborhood to which Wyman is referring is undergoing the installation of sewers. Roads will be repaved at completion of the project.


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