Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lake View Ave: It's Needed Repaving For More Than 25 Years *UPDATED

Photos: Diane Edwardson, November 29, 2011.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)  The photo above is the segment north of yesterday's post on Lake View Ave.  It's been patched and repaired many times since 1926, when it was last paved.  It's been on the City's list for repaving for at least 10 years.  

According to yesterday's email from CD13, a geotechnical study is being done because it's a hillside street.  Being a concrete street, it requires additional hoops to jump through, but at some point, it becomes dangerous (see yesterday's post). 
Yesterday's street hazard is at the crest of this hill (photo above), in front of the 2 story green house in the right.

The street badly needed repaving at least 25 years ago, when those duplexes on the right were under construction.  How many boom & bust cycles have we had in the past 25 years? 
This is the reverse angle from the previous photo.  Sidewalks are practically non-existent on parts of Lake View Ave.  Homes built prior to curbside recycling have nowhere to put their trashcans but on the sub-standard sidewalk.  There is no sidewalk on the east side of Lake View between the Silver Lake Ave Public Staircase and the storm drain in the photo below.  The west side is tough to navigate, leaving pedestrians cutting in & out of the street.
In 2010, the City repaved the southern part of Lake View between the southern part of Silver Ridge the storm drain (above). 

Note: for those who think we're just whiny newcomers who don't know the City has no money to repair streets...the Lake View Ave community leaders who asked me to draw attention to yesterday's serious hazard have lived here for over 30 years.  I've lived here for 21 years, and hung out at a friend's house on Lake View for 4 years before that. We are realistic about the budget issues, but at very least, the City is obligated to make the street safe. 

*UPDATE: This morning, Lake View Ave neighbors confirm the City was jackhammering the serious street hazard in yesterday's post.  Thank you to CD13's Ryan Carpio for responding quickly to this dangerous situation.