Sluggish, Slow-Acting RIOC Let's a Dangerous Summer Pass

Breaking (Slowly) RIOC Discovers Lighthouse Park's a Wreck

Updated 20 weeks ago David Stone
Breaking (Slowly) RIOC Discovers Lighthouse Park's a Wreck
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Three months after the small bridges collapsed, creating hazards for anyone visiting Lighthouse Park, a full month since we reported the mess, RIOC's finally taking actions, saying they will shut down Roosevelt Island's northern tip until at least "Spring." It's a repeat performance.

In 2012, the tidal surge from Super Storm Sandy washed out wooden bridges leading over a small causeway. It took RIOC over a year and a half to replace them, a mind-boggling time for such a small project. 

But don't be too boggled, that gem of RIOC contracting lasted barely four years before rotting wood and structural failures forced their replacement. 

Breaking (Slowly) RIOC Discovers Lighthouse Park's a Wreck

In perspective, taking three months to acknowledge the problem falls within RIOC's normal range.

For comparison, remember that RIOC was caught supplying playground and park water fountains with irrigation water unfit for human consumption more than three months ago and has yet to inform residents of health hazards created by mismanagement.

"For safety reasons," reads RIIOC's Community Update, "we will be closing the northern tip of Lighthouse Park tomorrow, Tuesday October 2. A capital project is currently in progress, which includes the stabilization of the lighthouse as well as replacement of the footbridges.

Breaking (Slowly) RIOC Discovers Lighthouse Park's a Wreck
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

"Design is currently in progress and we hope to complete the bridge restoration by Spring 2019. However, due to the immediate safety concerns, we have to close the tip."

Simple footbridges require a "design" phase? Really?

And, frankly, those "immediate safety concerns" have been immediate all summer.


Quick Quiz: how long before RIOC sees there's fresh graffiti making a reappearance on The Prow or that the southernmost of Tom Otterness's East River sculptures has been plastered with graffiti for months?


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