I had a chance to talk with Chuck Camera recently, Commissioner of the Streets Department. Despite what’s been said, Chuck is on cracks. Not crack: cracks.
As a matter of fact, Chuck’s Street Department was all over 23 streets and 9.65 miles of streets last year, filling cracks, like he did recently on Winger Drive.
Last year, the Streets Department put in 2493 manhours filling cracks throughout the City of Lorain. Streets like Oxford, Elyria Avenue, 11th, Canton, Clifton, and many more.
Chuck’s taken a lot of heat recently for the condition of the streets. One thing that folks don’t realize is that plans and projects have to be submitted a year in advance in order to get the monies for repairs to each street. Some of the streets slated for repair for next year include Sherwood Drive (from Meister to 21st – a resurfacing and curb replacement), Reid Avenue (from 5th to 17th – rehab., including ramps, curbs, etc.), and 38th St (from Winger to Cambridge Avenue – a replacement) to name a few.
Here’s a few shots of Winger:
Notice the water in those potholes? Water is the main reason that cold patch doesn’t last long when used to fill potholes during cold weather. And drying a pothole with heat doesn’t help, because the ground is also saturated. So, throwing cold patch in a hole to lessen the depth of it will only last about 2 days.
The Streets Department is responsible for a lot more than street repair and cracks. The Table of Contents in the 2007 Yearly Report is broken down into these categories: Crack Filling, Grinding, Leaves, Road Repair-Asphalt, Road Repair-Concrete, Snow and Ice Control, Sweeping, Trees, and Weeds-Privately Owned.
In the days ahead, I’ll have more about my sit-down with Chuck.