Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Milling and paving, milling and paving make for some sleepy residents


[East 6th Street last night via @highmountain]

As you likely heard in the middle of the night, crews have been taking to the East Village side streets in an ongoing milling-paving project.

EVill Joe found this schedule (PDF) on the DOT site ...



And how has this overnight work been going so far?

Per one EVG reader: "I was kept up allllllll night ... It was an apocalyptic noise level from 1 am to 5 am or so. I tried calling 311 ... but they couldn't give me much info."



[Photos on First Avenue via EVG reader Charlie Chen]

And be sure to heed those No Parking signs...


[Photo by Shawn Chittle]

...because the city will tow your ass...


[Photo by Shawn Chittle]

20 comments:

Brandon said...

Why are they doing this work in the middle of the night? These are side streets with parallel streets every 200 feet, there would be no ill effects from closing the street during the day at all.

cliffs: Why are they treating EV side streets like the Southern State Parkway?

Shawn G. Chittle said...

I love that the DOT still calls it the "Lower East Side" baby! LES!

Anonymous said...

although it is kind of pain that they're doing the milling in the middle of the night on residential streets, these streets (particularly those with bike lanes 9th and 10th) desperately need to be resurfaced. Also, hopefully the get the milling and paving done on the same day/night. I remember last year when they did this they left some streets milled but not paved for several days which is bad for bikes and cars alike with the rough surface and exposed sewers etc.

nygrump said...

E 6th was one of the first milled on the list and there is no paving scheduled...

Anonymous said...

Were they able to pave around the heating trucks on 6th street?

Anonymous said...

I really hate when they mill, and leave it unpaved for extended period. Clouds of bitumen / asphalt dust are not great for the lungs.

Anonymous said...

@Brandon: I asked one of the DOT workers why they are doing this at night. He said that they are doing it at night because of the complaints they had received about doing it during the day. This makes no sense to me, as people who work generally do so during the day, and the vast majority of people sleep at night, or should I say try to do so.
I also asked him if they are making time and a half for pay, which he confirmed. So the DOT is kicking the taxpayers in the teeth too.
Here's proposing everyone call to complain, and let your local politico know you're pissed. Complain at the next Comm. Bd. meeting as well.
And btw, in their posted schedule, why don't they have the dates for paving? It looks as if they have milled 6th St, for ex., but have no plans to pave it. Will we have to wait a month for it to be paved?

Anonymous said...

This work needs to be done and it is too difficult to do it during the way. I had fun watching them do my street. The crews are quick and efficient and it's a night or two a year. It's the non-stop bar action that keeps me up all night.

moe said...

Well I guess it was about 2 years ago that my street, 5th between a and b was on the list, it was a particularly gnarly street so maybe that's why they put us ahead, yes the grinding was nasty but man a few days later they laid and vibrated and steamrolled a fresh street man it was BEAUTIFUL!
For about 2 months till the first penetration and crappy patch, then some big trenching for con Ed, a couple more for the new rich-guy constructions, etc etc.
Now it is about 80% as bad as it was before that big expensive job.
No comment, just reporting this one.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous. Why is it too difficult to do it during the day? Daylight is surely easier to work in than the light they have at night. They can easily shut down a street they are working on.

Anonymous said...

Just thinking of traffic patterns, it would be more difficult to do it during the day. They do emergency repair and patching work during the day. But bigger jobs like this are done during the night in busy cities like New York and Boston.

Anonymous said...

Jobs like this used to be done during the day in NY. I remember 6th St. between A-B being shut down for most of the summer during 2000, or maybe 1999.
Evidently you don't live anywhere near the noise. I do and I don't like it.

Anonymous said...

Think of the CHILDREN! I don't have kids, but with the number of schools and parks on these streets, I can see why this stinky noisy work is scheduled for when they are safely locked indoors. Teachers shouting over this, trying to hold attention when something's out there is probably the main reason for the overnight hours.

Anonymous said...

The only school near 6th St. is the one at 6th and B--the one that has the worst test scores of any school in Manhattan. It should be closed. Why is this more important than the welfare of the residents, which include school kids? If they don't sleep at night, how can they even pay attention in class?
Case dismissed.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 11:18, There's three schools in that building, 2 primary schools and a middle school. None of these has a horrible reputation from what I can see of the stats on the DOE website. Do you mind providing a link?
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I read it a few months ago in the Wall Street Journal section on Greater New York.

nygrump said...

Anon 11:18: the needs of citizens are the last thing considered by the ruling elite, their concerns in order - 1st: their pimps 2nd: themselves 3: their lapdogs, whores and religious frontlings 4: their underlings 5: rabid stray dogs 6: weird bacteria-composed organisms that live several miles under the ocean 7: normal taxpayers and citizens.

Anonymous said...

It's not done durring the day so all the stupid people with cars from pier boroughs and states can get to and fro.
Nobody cares about people that live in this money pit!
Blame "Ross" they had to dig up the street after all the new pipes for his lux joint. He was the one that decided when, and is in his other place where they tore down jet another landmark for yet another prefab McMansion. It's all so last milinium!

Anonymous said...

Re: "Ross." I haven't actually seen him, so it might be just a nasty rumor that he lives there. I did see a woman go into chez schwimmer once.

Anonymous said...

Obviously it should be done during the day regardless of the inconvenience to people wanting to drive through, instead torturing the residents at night. There is no comparison. The paved street benefits people passing through, not the residents.