The Construction Never Ends

I know that y’all must be getting very bored with construction photos, but it’s my website, darnit, so I will post endless pictures of construction if I want to. Also, I would like to point out that if it feels interminable to you on the page, imagine what it feels like to be living in it!

Here’s some confusing and redundant signage which was moved by a construction worker right as I took the picture. Basically, you have a “Road Closed Ahead” sign on a road that was, uhm, closed. Not closed ahead. Closed. This is sort of like having a “No Outlet” sign at the end of a road which has no outlet. Also, the detour signs facing toward each other? They bug me. They should be flipped, so that people more clearly understand that this is a T-intersection. As it is now, it looks like you are caught in The Singularity and there will be no escape.

Redwood Street was actually beginning to look pretty squared away when I took these photos last Friday. The sidewalks have pretty much been poured, although that truly amazing elevation change remains in place; I sort of hopped up onto the roadway when I was done taking these, rather than going all the way around the block to get where I needed to go. I assume that plans are also in the works to do the sidewalks on the other side, and then to deal with the road, so I imagine that this is going to be unnavigable for months.

This lovely sea of pea gravel in front of the Golden West is going to be home to some hideous-ass fake wood very soon. I wonder about the wisdom of installing an incredibly slippery sidewalk surface right in front of the door to a bar, but hey, what do I know. I’m not an urban planner or anything.

Some progress is being made on Laurel Street, albeit very slowly. I ran into Lenore while I was taking this shot, and she said business is still doing reasonably well, but she also looked like she was really tired of the construction. I can’t blame her: Laurel Street was the first to get torn up and it appears to be the last to get finished.Which, I might not, is the exact opposite of what business owners were promised. Bad move for the core of the downtown business district.

A picture from another angle, showing the large load of gravel/asphalt being dumped, presumably for grading so that they can pour the concrete.

Here’s Laurel a week later:

Things are progressing very, very slowly.

The area in front of Headlands still hasn’t been done.

Ripping up the sidewalk along the side of the post office, to prepare for another round:

Finally, a picture of the fake wood I am always railing about, for those of you fortunate enough to be unable to see it in person:

Can we agree that this is ugly? And can we mutually wonder why the City thought it would be a good idea? It sounds incredibly idiotic, it’s perilous, it’s obscenely expensive, and when it’s finished, it doesn’t even look nice? F that.

6 Replies to “The Construction Never Ends”

  1. Just as I finished admiring the design and construction concepts of the rebuilding I heard a loud THUNK from the front of the house.

    My first thought was a tree branch on the roof, but it was “only” a large table lamp that the cat knocked off the table. I think the lamp was broken before, so if it doesn’t work now, so what.

    Your construction projects sound far worse than the current repaving of the Interstate (the one I use going to work) here. At least the work is done during the midnight hours.

  2. I’m not sure if “admiration” was the reaction I’m going for with these posts, exactly, although the City will probably be delighted to learn that at least someone likes the downtown uglification project.

  3. The story with the fake wood begins several years ago, when the City tore up the sidewalks on Main Street and put in fake wood in a couple of places. My understanding is that they wanted real wooden sidewalk (because they are trying to make downtown all ye olde tymey because the tourons like it), but there were safety concerns, so the decision was textured concrete. Anyway, they put it in, and the first time it rained, someone fell and broke a leg, so they had to sandblast it to make it rougher. And everyone universally hated it and bitched about it on a regular basis.

    Mysteriously, every time the City replaces a sidewalk, it feels obligated to put in the fake wood. But only along part of the sidewalk. And it continues to be ugly and extremely dangerous in wet weather, and everyone hates it. In fact, a former city council member pointedly mentioned where the City stores its jackhammers when I asked about what the deal was with the fake wood one day.

    The only thing I can figure out is that either not many people in the I Hate Fake Wood Brigade have lodged complaints with the City, or someone somewhere in the administration think it’s the greatest idea ever, and therefore it will never go away.

  4. Is it me, or is that completely insane?

    Also, how can they afford all this construction (and potential lawsuits)?

  5. I believe that the City is paying for it with a grant…although it turns out that we owe the County a lot of money…and I’m not sure how the City is dealing with potential lawsuits over falls on the fake wood. I think they’re hoping that people in this litigious society will magically decide not to sue. I tell you what, the minute I break so much as a toe on that junk, I’ll be suing the City and demanding that every shred of it is removed.

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