Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Red Car Property: Really Random History - City Sewer Lines Made Of Brick

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 7, 2014.  I was shocked to see a 15' deep manhole on the Red Car Property lined in brick.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

It seemed to lead to either a sewer or storm drain.  A City contractor working on area sewer lines may have left it open & uncovered for days.  CD13 was able to get the manhole cover replaced after I discovered it open with no safety tape, flags, cones nor barriers.   

I cannot imagine how old this must be. since, surely the City would not allow brick sewers' continued use due to brick & mortar's extreme susceptibility to liquefaction during earthquakes.  I was wrong.  Check out (Silver Lake resident & public staircase advocate) Alissa Walker's story on the City's aging sewer infrastructure & the workers who keep it flowing: Gizmodo