The installation of new lights on Albany’s riverside Dave Clark Trail has been completed, and I’m looking forward to a nighttime ride in brilliant illumination. But first, I was puzzled by this instruction on two of the newly poured slabs surrounding pedestals for the new lights.
“Remove”? Why take out a brand new chunk of concrete that looks perfectly fine? When I emailed that question to City Hall, Chris Cerklewski promptly came back with an answer. He’s the engineer in Public Works overseeing this project, and he said: “Those two new sidewalk panels have a lip that is a potential tripping hazard for runners and walkers on the pathway. They will be replaced by the contractor at no expense to the city.”
I hadn’t noticed any lip, and when I mentioned this, Chris explained, “It’s pretty small (just over a quarter of an inch), which is still enough to catch the toe of someone running or walking.”
OK, so that little mystery is cleared up. But look, if a quarter-inch bump in an otherwise perfectly level and smooth surface is a potential hazard to walkers and runners, enough to warrant yanking up and redoing these two panels, then all of the sidewalks on Albany’s streets have to be considered a ominous and imminent threat to everybody who moves about on foot. (hh)