Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas San Diego, Ca. March 2012

Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas San Diego, Ca. March 2012
Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas at Luche Libre Taco Shop in San Diego, March 2012

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Who Does It Better: Repaving City Streets

Guess which city is more concerned about the safety of it's residents, the health of it's environment, and the ability of it's local businesses to actually conduct business?

The above picture was taken tonight at just about midnight, near the intersection of Colfax and Kipling in Lakewood, Colorado. 

Colfax avenue is being repaved, and the work is being done late at night, as that is when traffic along Colfax is lightest.

And thus there is about a 1/10,000 less chance of a road worker being injured by an errant driver, there is about a 1/20,000 less chances of a driver being put at risk due to suddenly finding themselves in a dangerous driving situation, and about a 1/100,000 less chance of a thousand cars (or more) spewing pollutants into the air while waiting 10 to 15 minutes for a person in an orange vest holding a small stop sign to give permission to proceed.

Now take a look at this second picture. It was taken around noon along Chester street just north of East County Line road in Centennial. 

Chester street is being repaved,and the work is being done between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, in accordance with the City of Centennial's Right Of Way ordinance.

And thus, as several studies done over the last few decades have shown (such as "Night-Time Road Construction Operations Synthesis Of Practice" by O.A. Elrahman, PHD of the New York State Dept of Transportation), the chances of a road worker being injured by an errant driver increases more than a thousand fold, the chances of a driver being suddenly thrust into a potentially dangerous situation increases over 10,000 times (as there are literally 10,000 more vehicles on Chester Street between 8:00am and 5:00pm than at any other time, night or day), and the amount of pollution expelled by idling vehicles increases incalculably due to the extremely long times the multiple thousands of vehicles that travel along Chester street every single day have to sit at a dead stop until the caravan of dump trucks being filled with scraped asphalt gets out of the way...

So, which city does it best? Which city actually cares about the health and welfare of road workers and residents alike? Which city actually gives a damn about the environment?

You only get one guess.

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