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A potential hazard, so watch out

Written June 3rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering
My the lip is on part of this slab that I failed to get in the shot.

Maybe the lip is on part of this slab that I failed to get in the shot.

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)



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6 responses to “A potential hazard, so watch out”

  1. ean says:

    The City is always pulling crap like this and it is part of the reason construction is getting more expensive in Albany. Not to mention it is a waste of resources. Though the city looks at it as no big deal since it is other peoples money.

    • This looked like a bigger deal than it turned out to be. On my riverfront beat patrol this afternoon, I could no longer see the “Remove” command. And it looked as though the offending lips had been ground off. No neeed to replace the new concrete panels, apparently. (hh)

  2. hj.anony1 says:

    Key wording there is “no expense to the city”. It’s been tagged like new construction. No doubt the contractor rolled its collective eyes at this “blue tape” tagging.

    As far as the rest of the city, potential hazards are everywhere but that would be a cost to fix. Since nobody wants a higher tax bill, it is what it is. Be thankful this isn’t Corvallis. Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t individual property owners on the hook for fixing sidewalk hazards?

  3. Ted Salmons says:

    Ah yes, but it’s always easier to hold someone else to a higher standard when they can be replaced at no cost to the city. But fix the downtown sidewalks using “our” money? No………….. Can’t be doing that. Maybe people should go around with cans of yellow spray paint marking the potentially disastrous sections of sidewalk. Not in a vandalism manner. Just to be safe ya know.

  4. Rolland Brower says:

    As someone who uses the path on a regular basis, the real hazard are the six concrete post bases. Instead of putting them on the opposite side or moving the fence back they protrude into the multi use path and make a pinch point for users going in opposite directions. I can see two bicycle handles colliding. Sadly, it takes one of the best riverfront improvements with the lighting and makes the section look like a hack job.


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