First Ave road surface
First Ave road surface

A while ago I went to a Tuesday night city hall meeting for an unrelated topic and learned that the road on First Ave was going to be repaved.

Well since I’m living on that road, my first thought, hmmm don’t see why, but I guess all roads are on some type of rotation for resurfacing. Preventive type of maintenance idea. I also remember one of the Commissioners, Ken Walker I believe it was, commenting on a $7,000 budget shortfall or mis-allocation for the project.

When one morning shortly after this meeting, heavy equipment in the street woke me up around 7 am I thought: “Well they must have found the $7K or so shortfall and here they are”. I love a city management that follows through. Seriously.

Well those guys were more serious than a heart attack. In no time flat did they finish the job of re-paving First Ave from Sadler to Simmons with about a 3 inch layer of black-top. Looking at it a day later I was quite impressed until something started nagging in the back of my head. Something was amiss. Of course like most people I have little time to spend much energy on just a quivering anomaly that my sub-conscious mind picks up and chews on for a while. It does that all by itself anyway.

Well several days ago I realized what was amiss. And no, it was not my mind brilliantly working out complicated formulas and equations. It was a small caravan of heavy duty Public Works trucks with hammer drill equipment that gave me the clue. Surrounded by orange pylons and medium sized trucks, several guys were drilling into the freshly packed asphalt until a little while later a manhole cover turned up.

“Eureka”, my mind yelled, ” they asphalted over the manhole covers that access the sewage system”. This thought was immediately followed by:”Did they make a mistake or was this the planned course of action or am I just missing something?”
For one thing I know that bringing out about 6 people, several trucks and equipment for a two week period to locate and lift the sewer access manholes, must be an expensive course of action, if it was intended.

The work crews are finished now, so my question begs for an answer:¬† “Was it a mistake or was it planned this way?”
I kind of do understand that this could be a sound logistical approach on a busy thorough fare like Fletcher, causing minimal uprooting of the traffic flow, but on First Ave where there is one car passing every 45 minutes in the daytime hours? I know, I work from home.

So my natural curiosity is looking for an answer. Anyone?

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