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singlefin
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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.

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Posted : October 10, 2017 8:45 pm
speee1dy
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yep, lots of vehicles on my way to work who had to have been diverted.

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Posted : October 11, 2017 12:47 pm
vicanuck
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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!!!!

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Posted : October 11, 2017 2:40 pm
Scubadoo
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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?

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Posted : October 11, 2017 10:48 pm
singlefin
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Has anyone been over that way today?
Is East End road open again over by Cheney?

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Posted : October 12, 2017 12:00 am
Gator's Mom
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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.

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Posted : October 12, 2017 10:27 am
Scubadoo
(@Scubadoo)
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It seems the weather yesterday afternoon put a damper on most things.

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Posted : October 12, 2017 10:44 am
LiquidFluoride
(@LiquidFluoride)
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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.

There was a [URL="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/abinazir/2011/06/15/what-are-chances-you-would-be-born/"]1: 400,000,000,000,000[/URL] chance of you being born: what have you done with your miraculous life today?

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Posted : October 12, 2017 1:17 pm
Scubadoo
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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.

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Posted : October 12, 2017 3:11 pm
vicanuck
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UPDATE: Sinkhole between Cheeseburgers and Chenay now filled.

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Posted : October 12, 2017 3:39 pm
singlefin
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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.

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Posted : October 12, 2017 6:57 pm
singlefin
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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?

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Posted : November 6, 2017 1:25 am
Scubadoo
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Noble Member

"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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Posted : November 6, 2017 2:38 am
FL Barrier Islander
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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.

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Posted : November 7, 2017 2:06 pm
singlefin
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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.

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Posted : November 8, 2017 12:39 am
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