Yesterday I was walking the dog and passed the intersection of 37.7577,-122.4376&sspn=0.194617,0.414047&hnear=Stanyan+St+%26+Carl+St,+San+Francisco,+California+94117&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A">Stanyan and Carl, where workers of some sort are tearing up the street for some reason, meaning potholes will soon takeover a once pristine portion of Carl St. As you can see from the pictures below (click on any image for a larger slideshow), this is along the section of Carl street where the muni tracks were re-built and the street was replaced during the N-Judah shutdown I like to think of as the n-pocalypse.
And here’s the part where I probably sound like a grumpy old man, yelling at the construction workers to get off my street…
Why are we ripping up streets that we just replaced? I understand that sometimes emergencies happen, and if this was indeed an emergency, then those things happen and there really isn’t much more to be said. We seem to encourage the proliferation of potholes with our patch-it-and-forget-it approach to street care.
Was it an emergency street repair? Or was this just bad planning by the numerous city agencies that have responsibilities for our streets and the numerous companies that have wires, conduits, plumbing, and other magical goodies that make our city run buried beneath all of our streets?
Having just replaced a portion of my car’s suspension that most likely failed prematurely because of so much driving on the pot-hole pocked streets of San Francisco, I have more than just an academic interest in the answers to these questions.
San Franciscans deserve a town where the streets are smoothly paved. The city needs to figure out a better way to manage street construction, or make sure that when vendors or utility companies do tear up our streets they are held to a very high standard for restoring the street to excellent condition – something more than a quick asphalt patch job that will quickly decay in just a few months or years.
What are your experiences with the potholes across the streets of San Francisco?