(Photo by L. Farris)
Ok, according to Greg Prince, the Big Four Ramp on the Jeff side is delayed from completion because of LIGHTING issues. ………………Really? ……………..REALLY?
Goliath heard scuttle butt that “Nasa…we have a problem” …it has to do with the support column on this side of the floodwall that supports the Ramp coming off the bridge. Goliath went down and took a look and ….felt a little queasy…Column looks like it’s shifted and tilting about one or two degrees off center. WTH? The ‘buzz’ was that the parties were very very busy assigning blame. The engineers blamed the architects who blamed the contractor who blamed the engineers ….or something like that.
Then THIS story comes out today in the NT. Yeah…that’s the ticket….the problem is we got the wrong color of lights. How fricking stupid do they think people are. May I calmly point out that the lights are a ridiculous excuse? First…through August, the sun will be out to about ten pm or so…and the bridge is only open til eleven. So, let me get this straight, you are delaying the bridge because …because during ONE HOUR of the bridge’s open hours, we wouldn’t have the right color lights? BOY HOWDY!!!
Who is Greg Prince? I want to hire that guy!!! That takes massive stones to stand in front of the public and pass out that shizz. Buried in the presentation is this GEM of understatement: “He added that other items that have pushed the project back included a delay in moving an historic home on Walnut Street that needed to be removed prior to Gohmann Asphalt — the contractor for the project — starting construction. Also, once steel box girders were set in place last fall, the contractor noticed that they were not performing as expected. ” No. I guess those ‘steel box girders’ were not ‘performing as expected at all.” Local “Junkyard Dog” Lawyer, Steve Voelker commented on the NT story:” Again, Louisville laughs at our governmental ineptness. The first delay was caused by Rob Waiz’s failure to recognize that the house had to be moved, the second by the hiring of engineers that made mistakes.”
The Contractor on this is Gohman Asphalt. This is the same proud local company that paid $6.7 million to the federal government, $1.1 million to Kentucky and $362,165 to Indiana to settle allegations of FRAUD a few years ago. Of course, it should be said that while they paid this out, they specifically did not admit any wrongdoing.
Goliath walked that bridge now, three times…what a great asset for Jeff! But, last time Goliath was there with the Sprout, looking over the rooftops for the Goliath Compound, he heard the following comments, “Gee…no progress” “They’ll be forever getting that done” : These were the random comments from strangers gazing at the Jeff Ramp.
I feel a little sick.