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Sinkhole City

singlefin
October 10, 2017 05:45PM

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We were diverted at Cheney Bay this morning. Had to turn around and drive all the way out to Grapetree to drive up and over to the south shore to go west toward town. Ridge Road has been blicked by downed poles and powerlines since Maria. A sinkhole opened up in the middle of East End Road just west of Cheney.
On the way back home (same route), noticed trucks lined up across from the Cotton Valley firehouse. For three weeks I've been expecting the highway department to fill in the "mini canyon" that formed along the north side of East End Rd.
During Maria, a river of muddy water ran down out of the hills, past the firehouse, across East End Rd, and charged into the Sea, It took a huge amount of rock and soil with it, creating this "mini canyon" immediately adjacent to the asphalt.
Last night and this mornings rain water apparently washed away under the pavement. Just East of Coakly Condos on East End Road is a similar washout waiting to happen.
Granted, there's a lot going on right now, but I'm beginning to think the words "preventative maintenance" are not in the local government's vocabulary.

Re: Sinkhole City

speee1dy
October 11, 2017 09:47AM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 8,217

yep, lots of vehicles on my way to work who had to have been diverted.

Re: Sinkhole City

vicanuck
October 11, 2017 11:40AM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 2,065

Quote
singlefin
I'm beginning to think the words "preventative maintenance" are not in the local government's vocabulary.

Preventative maintenance...in the Virgin Islands? That's a good one!!!!

Re: Sinkhole City

Scubadoo
October 11, 2017 07:48PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,647

Quote
vicanuck
Quote
singlefin
I'm beginning to think the words "preventative maintenance" are not in the local government's vocabulary.

Preventative maintenance...in the Virgin Islands? That's a good one!!!!


If it ain't broke,don't fix it. Didn't that originate in the VI?

Re: Sinkhole City

singlefin
October 11, 2017 09:00PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 515

Has anyone been over that way today?
Is East End road open again over by Cheney?

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Gator's Mom
October 12, 2017 07:27AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 688

From FB posts, there was an attempt to get equipment in to commence repair late yesterday afternoon.

Whether successful or not, I don't know.

Re: Sinkhole City

Scubadoo
October 12, 2017 07:44AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,647

It seems the weather yesterday afternoon put a damper on most things.

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LiquidFluoride
October 12, 2017 10:17AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 1,924

The sink hole in front of the botanical gardens is probably going to wash out a section of center-line if we get some more heavy rain... it's been slowly growing all week.

Re: Sinkhole City

Scubadoo
October 12, 2017 12:11PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,647

I just spoke with someone from the east end who said the East end road is washed out in two places now and folks in between are trapped.

Re: Sinkhole City

vicanuck
October 12, 2017 12:39PM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 2,065

UPDATE: Sinkhole between Cheeseburgers and Chenay now filled.

Re: Sinkhole City

singlefin
October 12, 2017 03:57PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 515

I passed it today.
J. Benton, local contractor - not Department of Public Works, was on the scene. They had one lane dug out to a drainage pipe below when I went by.
Traffic was being flagged around the work area.
Looks like the pipe was probably filled with debris by all the runoff lately, so the water had squeezed around the pipe and washed out all the dirt around it.
Barriers were at the other two bad locations on East End Rd, across from the Cotton Valley firehouse, and by the Coakly condo curve. At least it shows their aware of the bad areas that need attention. Hopefully J. Benton crews will be on those soon as well.

Re: Sinkhole City

singlefin
November 05, 2017 10:25PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 515

Anyone know what happen at the washout over by Cheney on East End Rd?
I heard there was a lot of heavy equipment out there working on it again today.
Any rumors of when the road might be open again?

Re: Sinkhole City

Scubadoo
November 05, 2017 11:38PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,647

"East End road near Chenay Bay probaly won't be open today or Monday morning. Crews are done for the day after a torrential downpour, but progress has been made, and water is flowing through the new pipes."

facebook.com

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FL Barrier Islander
November 07, 2017 11:06AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 498

Governor Mapp, on his press conference last night, responded to question about plans to repair the roads. He said the asphalt companies sustained heavy damage. None (STX or STT) are up and running. Said STT asphalt tried to bring their plant up but it went back down in same day. No eta.

Re: Sinkhole City

singlefin
November 07, 2017 09:39PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 515

Road was back open this morning. Looks like they cleared away a lot of overgrowth on either side of the road, you couldn't see the stream running under the road until now. No pavement repair, just a dirt surface for now.

Re: Sinkhole City

Scubadoo
November 07, 2017 10:11PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,647

Hmmm, I think the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers knows a thing or two on building/repairing roads in the bush without needing an asphalt plant down the street.

Re: Sinkhole City

Scubadoo
November 08, 2017 08:53AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,647

"Virgin Islands Paving (V.I.P.A.), established in 1981, told The Consortium on Tuesday that the company was up and running and has been ready to get on with paving roads on St. Croix for at least two weeks.

Robert Schierloh, president of V.I.P.A., told The Consortium that the company was prepared to perform work, and has been waiting on the “notice to proceed” from the Department of Property and Procurement (P&P) for a project in Catherine’s Rest. Mr. Schierloh said it was his company’s understanding that P&P was ready to issue the notice to proceed once given the clear by D.P.W. V.I.P.A. then contacted D.P.W. informing the department that it was ready to move forward with work.

“Virgin Islands Paving is prepared to work. I think the best way to put it is, bring it on. Bring on the work; we’re ready,” Mr. Schierloh said. He said V.I.P.A. notified the government of its preparedness to proceed with the Catherine’s Rest project two weeks ago. The work would see the overlaying of the entire Catherine’s Rest area, and costs just below $1 million, Mr. Schierloh said.

V.I.P.A. was also waiting on a notice to proceed from the government for an Estate Profit job; a larger, $5 million project that is federally funded, Mr. Schierloh said.

The company did suffer damage following the passage of Hurricane Maria, and was down for about a month. “We got damage like everybody did. We had repairs to do but we’re up and running now, and I know St. Thomas is up and running now,” Mr. Schierloh said."

viconsortium.com 11/8

Re: Sinkhole City

Matt T
November 08, 2017 09:01AM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 255

Funny how part of the deal with Limetree was supposed to be an asphalt plant. I forgot what the reason is, but I remember hearing that is no longer slated to happen. Too bad because we could sure use one.

I remember when we visited Dominica several years ago. The Chinese were paving roads and building bridges all over the place. The quality of their main roads was amazing. No potholes, proper storm water drainage put in place and lots of people WORKING! I'm sure they are severely damaged now after Hurricane Maria but it was an eye opener to see a supposedly poor country have very good roads. I am also aware that they probably came at a cost to the Chinese government in terms of fishing or water rights. But damn, driving on those nice smooth roads with was delightful.

One more thing I would like to mention about Dominica. I noticed how people plant Ti plants, hibiscus and other ornamental on the side of the road. It beautiful! It would be nice if VI residents could adopt an area of road near where they live and do the same thing. Now that there are these large swaths cleared on the sides of the roads, it gives us a perfect opportunity. Rather than tan tan and manjack constantly growing into the right of ways, we could have flowers!

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