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Alana33
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Have had 9 outages in last 2 weeks in my location in STT.
This latest one today for about 2 -2.5 hrs. affected STJ as well as being island wide STT.
Granted they haven't been spectacularly long ones but considering we pay $0.53 per KWh, it's annoying as heck when you are trying to get things done.

The other thing I am feeling ticked off about today is the once again dug up roads to put in this new broadband network.
They just finished fixing many of our roads to where they were actually fairly smooth and drive-able.
Now there is more digging up, more roadside stop lights or the guys standing there waving you to stop for the road work, no matter what end of the island or road one takes and we can add in the backed up traffic, ground to a halt and all the dust that is created by this project.

No doubt, they shall have to redo all the roads that they just repaired, once again, so we can continue to deal with the seemingly never-ending road projects in our winter/high season and even more traffic and delays for more years to come.

Does ANYONE in our Government know how to plan projects properly?

I guess not after reading this article below regarding the 5 yrs. it has taken them to get it together and to be pushed by FEMA to "get on it or lose the grant."

http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2013/02/05/wapa-work-charlotte-amalie-begins-week

Sorry - needed to vent!:-X
Anyone else have anything to vent about?;)

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Topic starter Posted : February 7, 2013 9:32 pm
STTGuy
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The other thing I am feeling ticked off about today is the once again dug up roads to put in this new broadband network.
They just finished fixing many of our roads to where they were actually fairly smooth and drive-able.
Now there is more digging up, more roadside stop lights or the guys standing there waving you to stop for the road work, no matter what end of the island or road one takes and we can add in the backed up traffic, ground to a halt and all the dust that is created by this project.

No doubt, they shall have to redo all the roads that they just repaired, once again, so we can continue to deal with the seemingly never-ending road projects in our winter/high season and even more traffic and delays for more years to come.

I don't normally post unless I feel VERY strongly about something, but I couldn't agree more with Alana33. One can only hope that they do actually redo them, rather than patch like the crappy job they did down Mafolie hill.

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Posted : February 8, 2013 2:01 pm
islandjoan
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STX is just as bad, with the broadband work - it's everywhere you turn! And with the WAPA work downtown, the whole island is a freaking mess! At least we didn't have the power outage you guys had yesterday. Now I'm sure I've jinxed us!! haha

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Posted : February 8, 2013 2:21 pm
VIsnorkeler
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What was yesterday's about? Anyone know? I heard someone claim that "something was on fire" at WAPA and perhaps that was why we lost power. Complete and total rumor, of course, but occasionally it would be nice to know why we lost power.

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Posted : February 8, 2013 2:37 pm
OldTart
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The other thing I am feeling ticked off about today is the once again dug up roads to put in this new broadband network.
They just finished fixing many of our roads to where they were actually fairly smooth and drive-able.
Now there is more digging up, more roadside stop lights or the guys standing there waving you to stop for the road work, no matter what end of the island or road one takes and we can add in the backed up traffic, ground to a halt and all the dust that is created by this project.)

There's a very simple explanation. The cable is being installed on BOTH sides of the road. so when one side is finished the trenches are dug on the opposite side. I've been traveling through these construction areas ever since the work was started and have honestly been impressed enough to remark to many friends (who agree) that this is the best road digging operation I've ever seen here. The delays are minimal, the work is well organized and is moving along at a steady pace. Obviously the roads won't be finally paved until the work is done on both sides of the road.

Dust? Delays? To anyone who was on the route taken when the potable water lines were installed out to the East end this job is the bomb!

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Posted : February 8, 2013 3:28 pm
Boomerang
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Agree, this has been as efficient as anything I've seen here. The wait times have been minimal and the flaggers keep things rolling.

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Posted : February 8, 2013 5:15 pm
Alana33
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The point is that they are tearing up the same roads that they JUST finished repairing, not too long ago, so we are back to square 1 with
all the same roads being all torn up, right after Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars, if not Millions, just got wasted on all the previous improvements.

Too bad WAPA doesn't own the company contracted to do the road repairs/improvements. We wouldn't have to pay so much for electricity as they would be making money hand over fist. At this rate, they will be repairing roads forever. Where do I buy stock?

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Topic starter Posted : February 8, 2013 11:20 pm
congasan
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"The cable is being installed on BOTH sides of the road. so when one side is finished the trenches are dug on the opposite side."
Some places they dug up the side of the road, other places they dug up right where your left tire is: making a nasty rut. Even right in the middle would have been better!

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Posted : February 10, 2013 7:18 am
Alana33
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I agree, Congasan. As time goes on there shall be ruts on both sides of the roads to snag your tires as you drive along.
Why they didn't leave a couple inches below road in the cement patch and go behind with an asphalt truck, I don't know.
Oh, never mind......At least some company has permanent work and is making out like a bandit.

The subcontractors for the subcontractors for Innovative Cable are out today on my road hacking down bush and vines from around their lines on the poles to install new wire. However, they can't touch WAPA's wires so all the top vines and bush will remain until WAPA removes their growth, which of course they never will. I have called in the past about vastly overgrown poles, lines and transformers only to be told to call Cable when it is actually WAPA's equipment that is getting screwed up. Does anyone ever think to plan ahead, work together and co-ordinate efforts on behalf of the taxpaying public in order to provide better service? We all know the answer to that question!

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Topic starter Posted : February 10, 2013 2:46 pm
rotorhead
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WithoutAnyPowerAgain.
Out again. Third time this week. STX feeder 3.

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Posted : May 25, 2013 2:15 am
trainwreck82
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There's a very simple explanation. The cable is being installed on BOTH sides of the road. so when one side is finished the trenches are dug on the opposite side.

Thanks for my laugh of the day.

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Posted : May 25, 2013 2:25 pm
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