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Wasting RIOC Capital: $350K Worth of Street Striping & Painting Washing Away

Updated 3 weeks ago David Stone
Near Rivercross, without the temporary sign, who could blame drivers for missing the crosswalk? It'll be invisible soon.
Near Rivercross, without the temporary sign, who could blame drivers for missing the crosswalk? It'll be invisible soon.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Last October, RIOC's Board approved up to $350,000 for "Striping and Painting of Roosevelt Island's Roads." Crosswalks and other markings needed rejuvenation. The noncompetitive award went to New York State's Department of Transportation. Six months later, "Last year's cheap, procured, crappy job did not last long..." according to a frustrated resident.

The results can't be pleasing to RIOC President/CEO Susan Rosenthal whose outspoken passion for infrastructure improvements inspired contracting out the paint job. No one raised a serious objection over the noncompetitive award to DOT. If ever the cliche "no-brainer" fit, it did here.

RIOC can't be blamed for this mess. They expected excellent work from their fellow State agency. So did the rest of us.

But as Rod Stewart's been signing for years, "Every picture tells a story, don't it?"

 

That story, unlike Rod's rock anthem, is one of money wasted. 

A little over six months after the job was finished by DOT, it's as if it never happened. Crosswalks are vanishing. Hazards for pedestrians are retruning to levels considered unacceptable at this time last year.

Before signing off with pictures, I need to remind those who've been here long enough to remember that a DOT painting project, about ten years ago, turned the Roosevelt Island Bridge's community-matching red into plum. Sadly, that lasted.

Between Westview & the Public School, a vanished Yield warning.
Between Westview & the Public School, a vanished Yield warning.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

 

Busy crosswalk from Good Shepherd Plaza to Roosevelt Landings is already nearly invisible.
Busy crosswalk from Good Shepherd Plaza to Roosevelt Landings is already nearly invisible.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

 

Even parking restriction lines, which carry much less traffic, are badly faded.
Even parking restriction lines, which carry much less traffic, are badly faded.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

 

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