. . . if and when it exists!
Lurching into its third month, the Ingraham Street construction in Hyattsville continues.
Having put in spanking-new sewer-feeder pipes, which required tearing up the street that had been newly paved two years ago, the WSSC’s contractors are hard at work today. They’ve replaced a lot of the concrete curbing that had been damaged in the last two months. They’re replacing driveway aprons that were messed up (including ours). They plan, by the end of the week, to have a newly paved street for us, curb to curb, as they put it.
Isn’t that nice? I think so.
What strikes me as bizarre is that the following week, the Washington Gas contractors plan to tear up a chunk of the brand-new street to replace the gas lines damaged last month; these lines serve the house next door and one across the street.
Honest to God. Tearing up a week-old street.
Hyattsville’s mayor, Marc Tartaro, who is a hard-working and intelligent person, responded to some of us in an email that the city has little control over what the public utilities do to our streets. Marc promised to try to get the utilities to coordinate their efforts to avoid having to patch a brand-new road surface, but I got the sense that he may not be able to do it.
Sometimes you just have to laugh because crying does no good. Updates to follow!
UPDATE; TUESDAY MORNING:
This is good news!
It appears to me that our mayor, Marc Tartaro, has managed to do what I frankly thought was impossible: The contractors are digging on the street this morning, which implies to me that the gas main is being repaired before the street will be totally repaved!
So, our snazzy new street might stay snazzy looking for a while.
Thanks to Marc, his staff, Washington Gas, WSSC and all the contractors! Good work!
As impossible as this is to believe, today’s giant hole in the street is being dug by the WSSC contractors exactly where the Washington Gas folks need their hole to be dug, but the gas line isn’t being replaced today. This particular hole is to repair a sewage line not the gas line.
So, I spoke too soon! The new street will be torn up according to the original schedule, one week after being totally repaved.
Bureaurocracy wins! How could I have doubted it?!?!?