Did you submit that to 311?
Did you submit that to 311?
108st, er Capital BLVD, wants to have a chat with you and your outlandish thinking.The City really needs to stop living in a fantasy realm and embrace the reality that drivers make mistakes. Bollards are common globally to handle this very problem, yet seem to be anathema to local administration.
if we're seeing this in the summertime, it's pretty much guaranteed that you'll see it in the wintertime which means it's not a maintenance issue. there is no way you will heat and hoard and close down traffic lanes to repair this kind of damage in the winter which means it will sit unrepaired for months deteriorating even more.I don't think the problem in this case is the design or material choice. We should be able to chose designs that are attractive and elegant, not just utilitarian and super heavy duty.
For me the real issue is maintenance. When damage occurs, which it inevitably will, the City needs to be able to repair it quickly. The problem downtown right now isn't necessarily design choices, it is poor maintenance and an inability/unwillingness to take care of what we have.
I know better than to try to argue with you, so let me apologize unreservedly for basically suggesting we crazy-glue concrete together and admit that you are completely right that whoever came up with this design is clearly an idiot that doesn't know what they're doing.if we're seeing this in the summertime, it's pretty much guaranteed that you'll see it in the wintertime which means it's not a maintenance issue. there is no way you will heat and hoard and close down traffic lanes to repair this kind of damage in the winter which means it will sit unrepaired for months deteriorating even more.
you're not going to repair this by crazy-gluing those chunks of concrete back in place the morning after, you're going to sawcut out enough of the wall to drill new rebar into undamaged sections, remove enough earth and planting to form the new wall sections, install your rebar and pour the concrete and come back a week later after it's cured to strip the forms and backfill and re-landscape...
in this case i think it is primarily a poor design issue more than a poor material choice (i.e. it likely needs to be an 8" or thicker wall with more than one piece of nominal rebar at the top) while lane width and curb design should minimize this type of event rather than contribute to it. there's nothing wrong with attractive and elegant but it still needs to be heavy duty enough to continue to look attractive and elegant through normal use and exposure. if this is what it immediately looks like as a result of readily anticipated events, that's a failure.