|Posted by Anne Siren on October 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM|
Pompano Beach – The residents of Harbor Village Island have endured months of problems associated with the city rebuilding the bridge that connects their piece of Pompano to the rest of the city. And for them, the bridge’s estimated completion date [December] can’t come soon enough.
Residents have experienced problems that have included water main floods, sinkholes to boil water alerts, traffic problems, disrupted garbage pick ups, dirty streets and vehicles; all stemming from the construction. “The whole neighborhood is nothing but dirt,” said one resident, referring to the dirt and dust created by construction.
And hoping to get their problems moved along a little faster, residents met with city engineers this month at the public works building.
“We’re trying to make everyone’s life easier,” said Clayton Young, civil engineer II, in response to the concerns and complaints raised by residents. The east half of the bridge has been built, leaving the west portion still under construction. To help with traffic in and out of the island, the city has installed temporary traffic signals.
During the course of rebuilding the bridge, the 50-year-old corroded water main that serviced the island, broke, causing floods and boil water alerts. Nathaniel Watson, engineering inspector and site manager, said the water main has been replaced with 50 feet of plastic pipe. Another 200 feet will also be replaced.
He added that there would be no more boil water orders.
Residents also suggested the presence of the construction crews were causing some problems, including ones associated with traffic. Resident David Giannone said the project could be managed more effectively.
“There’s not enough supervision of the site,” he said, adding that temporary barriers are impeding the ability of drivers to get a good view of the road. “The line of site is horrible.”
Responded Young, “We have to have those barriers.”
Residents also asked about being hooked up to the city’s OASIS reuse water system. OASIS, which stands for Our Alternative Supply Irrigation System, takes treated wastewater and pumps it back to houses to use as lawn and landscaping irrigation.
Currently. OASIS reaches Northeast 10 Street, near the island. “The rest of the island will have to be done later,” said Young.