Interesting perspective from the New York Times.
Streets are both New York City’s circulatory system and its skin.
Commerce and commuters crisscross more than 6,300 miles of roadway in the five boroughs. Heavy traffic and the passage of time take their toll. But roads are also uniquely vulnerable to the elements. Water, especially during the freeze-and-thaw cycle between fall and spring, is another major irritant.
And just below the surface, there is another complication to their well-being: a labyrinth of aging infrastructure.
Parts of it are more than a century old. And, unlike local governments elsewhere, the city doesn’t control what goes on in the subterranean tunnels and tubes. Every day, dozens of private companies cut into the asphalt to maintain their telecommunications, electricity, gas or steam networks.
Coordinating those repairs, while providing pedestrians, drivers and cyclists with sound streets, is a colossal endeavor.
Read the full interactive story from the NY Times here
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