Wednesday, September 16, 2009


For some of the residents in Ward Nine, the appearance of the macadam applicator along Montrepose Avenue is a site for sore eyes. Arrold Paving is finally laying one of the two layers on the disaster zone we've had to endure for months.

As you can see, the curbs, although cement, are finally prepped, and the thin cheap bluestone is about to be installed. But the pain and suffering of the neighborhood during the process is about to end.

Here are some pictures I took Monday afternoon.

The work will continue as the crew extends the progress down to
W Pierpont toward McEntee St. I expect traffic difficulties and dust for a few more weeks. But until then, we just have to embrace another successful task for our city engineers.

The work undergound doesnt get the accolades it deserves, when compared to projects on the surface. Bravo and many thanks to our engineering staff.


Anonymous said...

Are those handicapped accessible curbs?

Mike Madsen said...
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Mike Madsen said...

Oh great, I'm glad you asked.
Those are handicapped accessible. During the street repair process, the contractor removed the old corner curbs, which were in bad shape anyway, and have built those rounded forms for the cement curbs. They actually dip down quite a bit as they reach the corner.

The street surface will be much higher than the picture shows.
Thanks for asking. I should have included that point in the post.

Anonymous said...

Liked your comment on "thin, cheap bluestone" That is exactly what it is. Did they use the "bluestone bank" that the Mayor has said was established? Supposedly, the bluestone from the O'Neill St. project (handicapped curbing) and any other projects that required removing bluestone was going to be banked. I hope it made it's way there.

Anonymous said...

Just FYI
No such thing as cheap blue stone...

Anonymous said...


All of Ulster County owes you a huge thanks for ridding us of Frank Dart.

Good Riddance to bad rubbish, as my late Father used to say,

Way to Go Mike,, knew you were a winner the first time i met you,
@ Len's Rally.

BRAVO !!! Now go do some good for us downtrodden taxpayers, please.

Anonymous said...

Mike before you leave the council why not get rid of the out of town people Sottile hired. There is no reason to go outside Kingston when we have people right here that can do the job.

Anonymous said...

3:19 Now is the time to get rid of them, while they are still probationary. Once they're here a year it will take an act of congresss to get rid of them.

It is not right to allow the charter to be violated when we have people right here that can do the job.