Once again, the condition of the city streets has deteriorated to the point it is no longer safe to drive anything but a beater in East Liverpool. Sure, we enjoyed a good six months of smooth pavement on St. Clair Avenue, but then the water department had to repair a broken line near the transformer. The inept patch of asphalt trashed that smooth pavement experience.
Then came the crew that dug up the intersection of McKinnon and St. Clair avenues. The scabs of asphalt patch placed at one of the city's busiest intersections reminds us that public safety and the viability of our cars and buses does not rise to any level of concern by the planning department or the engineer.
That project did not begin until the second week of August. With that bit of planning in mind, I ask: Did anyone think about the school traffic impacting the work area? Did anyone consider the unavailability of asphalt to competently repair the intersection before buses, cars and snow plows would tear it up?
And who thought it a good idea to dig up the pavement and replace it with loose gravel? Please don't risk your safety on Moore and West Ninth streets, due to the foolish methods of patching holes. Are there thinkers who could foresee the day when that loose gravel would wash out leaving a hole deep enough to break the suspension on automobiles?
We are left to wonder: Are these folks beyond their limit of competence or have they failed to employ forethought to scheduling and undertaking construction projects? Are we left to navigate roads that look as if someone was using them for mortar practice, or can we finally get a crew and supervisors capable of maintaining city streets?