Fill the Pot Holes

February 10, 2011
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Nothing, frankly, can be more important to public safety and quality of life than the repair of the city’s many growing pot-holes.

Some of them in the most obvious locations – Washington Avenue, Broadway, Everett Avenue, and Beacham Street are car eaters, literally.

We have a tendency to feel extremely bad when a flat tire is caused by running over a pothole.

Why? Because you don’t get reimbursed for it by the city.

It is the potholes on Beacham Street that are the most odious – and for those of you interested in public safety, Beacham Street’s pot-holes are by far the city’s most potentially dangerous.

LNG trucks and Methane carriers travel Beacham Street.

If one of them were to lose their rear axel or their rear tires and roll over onto the pavement, a good part of the city would have to be evacuated.

And even though we are often told these trucks cannot explode, they can explode.

The Methane will explode more easily than the LNG.

Beacham Street must be kept absolutely smooth for such dangerous vehicles carrying volatile cargoes.

  • Anonymous

    Your comments about LNG and Methane are not correct. LNG is about 95% methane, their flammability and explosive characteristics are virtually identical.

  • Anonymous

    Your comments about LNG and Methane are not correct. LNG is about 90-95% methane, their flammability and explosive characteristics are virtually identical.

  • Anonymous

    LNG (essentially, liquefied methane) will not explode until it regasifies. However, the moment LNG escapes containment, it immediately begins to regasify. And, the resulting LNG vapor cloud in air always contains a flammable edge (a 5%-15% gas-to-air mixture) until diluted sufficiently with air (below the 5% point). That can take considerable time, and the vapor cloud can drift a considerable distance before becoming non-flammable. Plus, there is the possibility that the flammable vapor could migrate into a confined area (beneath a vehicle, into a building, a sewer, or other enclosure) and become explosive.

  • Anonymous

    Not to mention it is the most direct pedestrian route to Boston from Chelsea. It’s either Beacham St. or the 111 and both can be hazardous. I bike to work on Beacham St. almost daily and it is awful. I have had countless flat tires. I would love to see it paved over. Or imagine a pedestrian path over the Tobin, that would be awesome but will probably never happen! Something needs to because Chelsea has so much potential and none of it is tapped. I am thinking of moving to Somerville or someplace people actually care about there neighborhood and change it for the better.

  • Anonymous

    With the increasing amount of traffic being attracted to the city by Demoulas Market Basket, soon to be T. J. Maxx and the new hotel, I’m sure City Manager Jay Ash and the City Council have made plans to redevelop the roads in anticipation of these events.

    Currently, the roads in Chelsea are worse than those in a third world country. Washington Avenue, Broadway, Everett Avenue, and Beacham Street look like they’ve been bombed and have been this way for a number of years. I’ve heard rumors that Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria has planned to replace the Everett portion of Beacham Street and the surrounding roads. I laud Mayor DeMaria’s efforts to date.

    I think we just have to give the City Council and City Manager Jay Ash some time to fully implement their redevelopment plan. There is no logical reason to expect the aforementioned roads not to be replaced.


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