Lane Ranger: Crumbling wall on NW 16th Ave. worries driver
Published: Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:54 p.m.
Carmine Oliverio wrote with concerns he and his family face when walking and driving along Northwest 16th Avenue west of 13th Street.
A retaining wall along a stretch of the north side of the road east of 26th Way is in bad shape, Oliverio said in an email.
“(L)arge chunks of concrete are falling off, exposing the rebar supports and the wall is leaning over the sidewalk. The concrete wall is over 6 feet tall and holding back a large hillside,” he said.
“If a pedestrian, biker, or a driver is passing by when it fails, it could be very dangerous. It appears that someone, possibly the county, has put up two small barricades a few weeks ago to close off that section of the sidewalk; however, pedestrians keep pushing the barricades aside to continue to use the sidewalk. Can the county address this safety issue as soon as possible?”
Brian M. Singleton, transportation engineering manager for Alachua County Public Works, said the county is monitoring the stability of the wall.
Singleton added the wall will be replaced when the road is soon resurfaced.
“The wall has been evaluated by a structural engineer and is not in danger of overturning or failing. The wall will be replaced with the NW 16th Avenue resurfacing project since it has deteriorated past repair,” Singleton said.
“The NW 16th Avenue resurfacing project is scheduled to begin this no later than November of this year. Staff will continue the monitor the wall for further deterioration or rotation; if the wall becomes unstable, staff will take the appropriate action.”
Here’s another entry in our periodic airing of grievances from readers. This is from motorcyclist James Burrow of Trenton regarding scooters that are too underpowered to meet the speed limit and cause traffic backups:
“If they want to be safe and not get into more potentially dangerous situations, buy a motorcycle with at least one to two CC per pound of their body weight, 125 to 250cc for a person of 125 lbs. This will give them enough power to keep up with traffic and enough extra, reserve power to accelerate out of trouble if needed.
“By the way, wear a helmet, gloves and protective gear! Bikers don’t wear leather to look cool (especially in summer!). There’s an old saying, ‘You don’t wear the gear for the ride, you wear it for the slide!’ As a biker or scooter rider, they will go down (wreck) at some point and it’s much better to wear the gear than to pick gravel out of the road rash.”