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Brick streets: They’re rough, but they’ve stood the test of time

March 4, 2014

By JOSH COTTON While not the smoothest ride, there are roads in the City of Warren that don’t have potholes. Brick ones....

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Mar-04-14 9:56 PM

The City officials seemed to make less and less sense as the article went on. Let's constantly repair potholes and repave and regrind etc. etc. instead of spending a one time high fee and then ignoring for 25 years.

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Mar-04-14 4:44 PM

I used to live on a brick street. The hum of the tires on the brick lulled me to sleep many a night.

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Mar-04-14 3:41 PM

I live on a brick street. Never see the city doing any repair work. Seen several utility companies tear brick up and put it back poorly, but never the city doing any maintenance.

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Mar-04-14 3:15 PM

I would think maintaining the brick would be cheaper than constantly repaving an entire street. How often does the city even have to do repairs on the brick streets. Doesn't seem to be all that often.

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Mar-04-14 11:06 AM

Drilling still creates a void under the surface that will settle over time.

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Mar-04-14 9:11 AM

make the utilities drill beneath the brick streets rather than digging them up.

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Mar-04-14 8:02 AM

Not sure that they deter speeders. If you were to sit on East street all day you'd see all kinds of cars racing down the street. They turn on east head north to sixth or seventh to try to avoid all the lights. It's actually like a race track at times.

But I will say Brick Streets are economical. Sure the upfront investment is more but they have lasted 80 years. Think about it you simpletons, you don't have to re-pave every 5 years and patch pot holes every year. The city needs some financial models that show the overall savings.

Plus those low spots are all caused by poor replacement of bricks by the utility companies. I've witnessed this myself. I can show you the last 4 repair locations. They are all low and one area more than 20 bricks were left over after they did their replacement job.

I fault the city for not monitoring and ensuring the bricks are replaced properly.

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Mar-04-14 6:46 AM

Other benefits are 1) speed control... most will not want to drive too fast on brick, 2) brick streets are attractive, 3) if they are lasting 70-80 years, long-term they're likely very cost effective.

Pretty common in Jamestown too.

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