Thursday, March 30, 2006

Let's See How Road Repair Is Coming Along Since Katrina

This is near Biloxi, Mississippi. You wouldn't expect these roads to be replaced but it looks like the morning after Katrina hit.


At 5:22 PM, Blogger Jenni Simonis said...

I don't know abuot those bridges specifically, but I do know there is at least one company working on replacing the bridges down there. But it takes a while for the actual work to begin.

My dad works for the company that will be doing some of the bridge work, including around New Orleans. Last I'd heard, they were working on getting all the equipment they need, people hired, and plans made. They've been trying to talk my dad into working in New Orleans, but he'd rather stick with replacing the Causeway in Galveston instead.

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Thanks for your informed comment. I've heard reports that New Orleans has gotten more attention than other parts of the Guif Coast. The pictures near Biloxi and the ones from Alabama a few posts below, seem to back that up. I'm not sure I like seeing these kids climbing all over this. How about a fence at least?
The kids are a niece and a nephew of mine, so bringing in your dad has given this a nice family theme.

At 8:40 PM, Blogger Frank Dufay said...

Not to denigrate the work that may be going on...but here there seems to be a real disconnect with fixing the problem and...letting the whole thing just sorta rot. The next hurricane season --not that far away-- will be finishing the job.

Thanks for sharing these photos, Bill.

At 1:37 AM, Blogger Jenni Simonis said...

I'm guessing that none of you guys have ever been in an area that has dealt with stuff like this before. Having grown up on the Gulf Coast, I've seen it.

It takes years for this stuff to be taken care of. Even the initial cleanup in a project as huge as that can take more than a year before it starts. Why? Because there is a lot of planning that goes on, they have to go out and do all kinds of inspections and such to see what they're dealing with. There amount of large equipment and barges needed is not always as plentiful as is necessary, so they have to wait for ones to be freed up or new ones ordered.

Studies have to be done of the bottom of the lake, river, bay, etc. to make sure there were no major changes they should know about.

The process of fixing these large bridges is long and complicated. Same with the clean up.

Last pictures I've seen of New Orleans bridges look about the same as those.

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Would you agree that the houses on the Alabama coast in the post below should be down by now? It looks so dangerous.

At 1:59 PM, Blogger Frank Dufay said...

"Having grown up on the Gulf Coast, I've seen it."

Grew up in New York on Long Island...where the occasional hurricane made its way up. My Dad lives in Florida.

Some clean up takes time...last time I visited my Dad there were still broken signs from the previous hurricane season. But Katrina was an especially devastating storm, the damage is horrendous, and I don't think most of us appreciate how bad it still looks down there, and how ill-prepared they are for the upcoming hurricane season.


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