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December 13, 2010 at 11:04 pm #597288
Oh my gosh! Anyone driven down Delridge lately? Or even worse – Sylvan Way? There are potholes so large and deep that drivers are swerving all over the road to avoid them. Someone is going to get hurt really bad.December 13, 2010 at 11:19 pm #711060
weather…it will get worse before it gets better…have you reported them to the city? The city wants to know..December 13, 2010 at 11:35 pm #711061
Definately report them because I have noticed some new ones in various locations because the weather takes small ones and makes them worse.December 13, 2010 at 11:37 pm #711062
Yes, make sure you report them. Believe it or not, I have found SDOT amazingly responsive to requests I have made.
As JanS said: weather. We had that really cold streak and now the heavy rains. It wreaks havoc on asphalt.December 14, 2010 at 12:27 am #711063
Sylvan way was predictable. I think I predicted it here. The paving was half assed and only done to code right in front of the new developments. The green belt(city owned) and the graveyard (low tax rate) mean the rest of the street was done by the lowest bidder and only in spots. The design of the sylvan heights paving shifted the water over to the city/graveyard side of the street which has no curbs or path for drainage. This may be because of restrictions on drainage within the Longfellow creek watershed, but the result is the same as it is every year. The damn street washes out.December 14, 2010 at 12:32 am #711064
There are some bone rattling potholes out there! But the good news is that I saw a pothole filler truck on 35th a while ago.December 14, 2010 at 1:06 am #711065
can we all report California Ave between Morgan and Alaska as one large pothole?December 14, 2010 at 1:46 am #711066
Love ’em or hate ’em, I believe the SDOT has their hands full now.December 14, 2010 at 2:02 am #711067
for areas that have a lot of damage, more than one pothole I only found the pothole reporting form. There was no other form for street maintenance requests. I live on a street that had a bad, bad section and each time it rained it was like running a mine field not to kill your car. I reported it an presumably others on the street did to because they did redo that section of the street over the past two years.December 14, 2010 at 2:33 am #711068December 14, 2010 at 4:36 am #711069
Yeah, a lot of streets have problems. It is winter. I have found that going to the City of Seattle website, looking up the appropriate phone number, and (gasp) calling them, you can have good results.
I have found that complaining on this forum, WSB, does not lead to results! CALL SDOT.
Of course, if you just like complaining to this forum, please, feel free!December 14, 2010 at 4:41 am #711070
“Of course, if you just like complaining to this forum, please, feel free! “
well, Alllllriggghhhhtt! :)December 14, 2010 at 5:22 am #711071
I forgot to add, chupacabras are sometimes useful for filling in potholes…particularly if their bellies are full of gravel…December 14, 2010 at 6:30 am #711072
Have you tried coming back into west Seattle via the surface roads? I took Mom downtown on Friday and came home via First and then over to Alaskan Way and the street to get from first to Alaskan was a mess. Then a train decided it needed to sit at the crossing for a while so i went down first until I could cut back over to East Marginal way and the area where you have to go under the viaduct to turn onto Spokane was one long pot hole. I get tired of trying to protect my tires, transmission, undercarriage of my car by avoiding the pot holes.December 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm #711073
What you said, Celeste17! That route back home is terrible, must be all those big ol’ trucks. Wonder if we’ll ever be able to get back home the old way, doesn’t seem like anyone’s in a big hurry to fix that problem.December 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm #711074
Original poster here. I did file a report about the big potholes on Sylvan. The city should close that street – it is very dangerous.
My overall complaint is that other cities in Western Washington – Renton, Tukwila, Bellevue, Bremerton, etc all have roads in far, far better condition that West Seattle. I wonder what these cities do so well to be able to keep their roads in good condition and Seattle cannot.December 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm #711075December 21, 2010 at 6:28 am #711076December 21, 2010 at 7:16 am #711077
Hooper, you know better than that. You sound very unhappy here…why do you stay?
As more and more things get cut back, and the legislature doesn’t have the balls to put together a 2/3 majority to raise a few taxes, those potholes will grow as big as bathtubs…and we all will have to live with it, as our infrastructure gets further and further behind. They can’t do it all if people like Tim Eyman keep taking revenue away. Those bicycle lights came from a fund that is designated for bicycle safety, I understand. We’re in trouble because we have too long robbed Peter to pay Paul. We can’t keep doing that.Taxes need to be raised, no matter how the sheeple feel !December 21, 2010 at 8:26 am #711078
The government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
— G.B ShawDecember 21, 2010 at 8:29 am #711079
Note. The infamous area (free range potholes) under 99 where marginal exits to the lower bridge, has been repaved for the first time in memory.December 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm #711080
I also reported the ones on Delridge. I commute by bike and it’s very dangerous on the way home, with cars swerving onto the shoulder to avoid them.
I find SDOT to be pretty responsive. At least when cars are involved (I sometimes pretend I’m reporting a car hazard rather than a bike hazard).December 21, 2010 at 6:20 pm #711081
i never said i was unhappy here; but i believe government needs to reassess its priorities to reflect a maxed out credit card.December 21, 2010 at 7:50 pm #711082
you know that tim eyman’s dumb MVET-slashing $30 car tab initiative helped max out that credit card faster, right, hooper? and that taxes on vehicles don’t even come close to paying for road maintenance, right?
it’s like saying, “oh, you have more stuff to buy to keep your aging infrastructure intact? well, then let’s reduce your budget!” makes no sense.
furthermore, do you really think that the $5000 you keep wringing your hands over would come close to – or even make a dent in – fixing what needs fixing?December 21, 2010 at 9:36 pm #711083
the MVET may not have passed if the legislature had fixed the peoples huge irritant of inflated values of older vehicles. this item alone sealed the fate of the MVET.
i fully support a higher use fee on gasoline.
the $5,000 is simply a symptom of the issue, $10,000 there another $5,000 here and it starts to add up quickly.
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