Letter to the Editor
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Who dropped the ball?
What are the consequences? What are the related costs in dollars? What are the environmental costs?
On Sunday July 11, 2021 I had an opportunity to drive the newly completed industrial park road that lies between Trinity Dodge and Walmart connecting to IL Route 29. What struck me immediately as I turned on the new road was the amount of silt in the gutter pans. A few hundred feet down the road I had to stop and turn around. The road was completely covered with dirt and mud!
The dirt came from the area outside of the road curb and gutter. The ground slopes to the new road, thus our heavy rains have washed dirt over the new sidewalks and curbs. The dirt and mud has entered the gutter drains, the underground storm sewer piping, and into the waterway that eventually takes the water downstream.
To control this from happening silt fence should have been installed to protect the inlets and permanent and or temporary seeding been completed. I saw no evidence of this work ever being performed.
Who will the finger get pointed at for dropping the ball? The design engineer for not requiring the erosion control items, the contractor for not performing the erosion control items, or the overseeing company for not requiring the erosion control items to be performed.
I’m just a concerned citizen who lives outside of Taylorville with over 50 years of road construction experience.
Skip Miller Pawnee