Badly Needed Sidewalk Repairs in Uphams
Corner Business District
Public Works was hard at work
repairing trip hazards and areas of missing brick on the Uphams Corner
sidewalks in the business district on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.
A cheerful lot, the crew was most willing to pose for photos and
discuss their project. Supervisor Thomas Hanlon thought the
Uphams Corner area looked pretty good - not a lot of trash in the
streets and the weeds? A naturalist's setting to be enjoyed.
They had a list of all problem spots as called into the Mayor's Hotline
or via Citzens Connect. The areas to be repaired have to go
through the proper procedures. The Public Works Department can't randomly respond to
residents who walk up to them over the course of the day.
The repair work is not for novices. Bricks need a stable bedding
yet they need to be able to move with temperature changes.
Removing the bricks and sand allows the workers to create the proper
receiving surface, to insert the bricks with sufficient (but not too
much spacing) and secure the new area with wet sand mortar.
The work shown in the photos below was done in front of Camilo
Liquors. Owner Pedro Camilo joined us in praising the Public
Works crew and in just being his bouyant, effervescent self. He
posed with the guys and gave them a big thumbs up.
How to Get Repairs Scheduled
If you want a sidewalk area repaired, it MUST be called in. As
the list of problem areas increases in the Uphams Corner area, Public Works allocates a day to
Bottom line? The City of Boston's Public Works Department is
responsive to resident and business requests but it has to go through
proper channels. So look around. Find a problem? Call
it in immediately at 617-635-4500 or use Citizens Connect to log it
into the system.
Eric McCormick happily moving sand
Eric carefully filling loose wet sand between bricks
Pablo Mendez pointing between bricks
Supervisor Thomas Hanlon
Store owner Pedro Camilo is elated over the work being done
by Pablo Mendez and Eric McCormick