By Frank Lewis
The extremely dangerous and continually eroding stretch of roadway located on Oakland Boulevard in Sciotoville, will again have to wait for any possible repairs.
In Portsmouth City Manager Derek Allen’s report to Portsmouth City Council Monday evening - “The road slip on Oakland Boulevard has worsened and will need to be addressed this summer and I will discuss that in the CIP (Capital Improvement) meeting and The design for a $420,000 repair is unrealistic and unaffordable. And I will re-evaluate that situation.”
Coming down Oakland Boulevard, the entire right lane is completely washed away, and upon a closer look at the left lane, cracks show an obvious further erosion of that road. Residents who live nearby are quick to point out the cracks that seem to grow wider every day.
Late in 2013, Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware had expressed concerns that he did not believe the road could survive another winter season. In 2013 Portsmouth Mayor Steve Sturgill had just learned of the problem when he said - “If there are any issues about what are the priorities of the community to make sure the public safety is best served, that’s the place where we have to show that, yes, we realize that there is a problem there and we need to correct it.”
In the same report, Allen said the city is continuing to fill potholes created by the frigid temperatures and the resultant ice this winter. He said the structural engineer for the city had submitted his reports on 309 Front Street, 418 Second Street and 526 Second Street which contained his evaluation and recommendations on those structures. He said the building at 536 Second Street which was damaged when the building at 530 Second Street collapsed has been repaired.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.