Civil Engineer’s Wish List...
- That the minimum parking space width be 9 feet...no exceptions;
- That one-way parking lot access isles, and their attendant traffic flow direction arrows, be eliminated; While we’re at it, that all STOP signs be removed from parking lot interiors;
- That the YIELD sign be utilized where appropriate;
- That any current or prospective owner of land invest in a boundary survey, said survey to be recorded at the local hall of records;
- That we dispense with the text descriptions of land boundaries entirely and require all property lines, easement limits, and other such geometric constructs to be depicted on a drawing, together with associated math and labels, prepared by a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor (PLS). Such drawing to be recorded, then referenced when said property is conveyed, or re-created (again by a licensed PLS) when said property is subdivided or adjusted at a later date;
- That silt fence barrier placement be well thought out, as opposed to embedded barriers being run on and over ridge lines, disturbing perfectly good vegetative cover in the process;
- Coal-fired power plants were a necessary stop-gap, but we’ve got to move on...now. There’s no such thing as “clean coal”. The technology already exists that will allow us to shut down all our CO2-belching coal plants in favor of clean energy. It’s called a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR). It’s nuclear power without the waste problem, and the process can be used to render harmless existing nuclear weapons and spent fuel in the bargain. While google-ing up LFTR, suggest you don your headphones and dial up “I Melt with You” by Modern English;
- CO2 sequestering below ground is a really shortsighted idea, as is sweeping crumbs under the rug. Is this how we prepare the path for our children’s children?;
- That residents voluntarily limit the size of their maintained lawn to that of their living room floor, or smaller. When left to their own devices, most kids love the woods and wild lands;
- That speed limits on county and local roads be set at the 85th percentile speed (speed under which 85% of the traffic will drive when no speed limit is posted), instead of the unsubstantiated low limits being set in the name of “safety”;
- That most concrete open channel conveyances (gutters, waterways) be designed and constructed to carry the low-flow rivulet, not the 10-year storm, thus adding appreciably to the life span of our automobile suspension systems, while allowing traffic to enter and exit roadways at a reasonable clip;
- That owners who will inherit roads and parking lots understand that paved surfaces are only as solid as the engineered foundation below, and that hiring the low bidder is almost always a mistake that will cost them dearly down the line;
Gus Sharry, PE
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