tnmartin,You points on pretty much what I have seen in the civil engineering field in my over 35 years. When I was attending YSU in the late 70's, someine asked me if I thought about working at ODOT. I said I wasn't sure as I had not thought about it. The person told me, straight-up, that if I had any intentions of it, I needed to get to know Don Hanni because he controlled the hiring in the area. I was also advised to be a registered democrat.
One of the biggest problems with ODOT and County Engineer's offices is that there is little opportunity for innovations. It is always "do it the same way as before" with little regard for results. About ten years later, I worked for a consulting firm designing bridges and hated the entire culture. It was the most miserable period in my career working in a field that services were procured based on campaign contributions to local and state politicians. ANd, it was both democrats and republicans. I also hated having to be subservient to absolute incompetent people who only had their positions because they knew somebody or were someone's nephew, especially at Mahoning County. I was happy to move back to the private sector.
July 31, 2015 at 5:19 p.m.
redvert,You are correct about the low spots as they would typically be filled with asphalt using larger aggregate. I have also seen contractors fill the holes with liquid bitumen and then fill it with stone. I also wonder, though, if subsurface drainage is not the problem as the surrounding area is basically swamp. It is possible that the road needed to be at a higher elevation but, they can only go so high and still make it under the turnpike bridge.
July 31, 2015 at 10:03 a.m.
Why is it that there are people in the Mahoning Valley that insist on trashing YSU? YSU is a fine institution that provides a great under-grad education in a number of fields. Being an open admission university and being on the list is actually a pretty good feat. It is higher education, not job trainong. What you do with your education is up to the individual. My two degrees and my wife BS from YSU have served us both well. Both my sons have undergrad degrees from YSU and are doing extremely well in their respective fields. One son is getting a PhD at Ohio State and many there were very impressed with his knowledge and skills obtained at YSU. Why? Because he was taught by full professors, not grad-assistants. His next stop looks like post-doctoral research at a small NC university...Duke. Not bad from a school most continue to trash. If it weren't for YSU, what would be left in Youngstown?
July 30, 2015 at 12:18 p.m.
Joebag09,I ahve to agree with you 100%. I hope this young woman turn her life around and use it as an example to other youth. But, I posed the same thing to my sons. WHy would you try this crap the first time when you see the track record of using it? If they were to do drugs and not have some negative effect on their life, they would be the first. Yet, when Nancy Reagan tried to tell young people to "just say no!", she was ridiculed as being a simpleton. But, sometimes it is that simple; just say no. Have some self-respect and pride in yourself!
July 29, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.
If I were an "outsider", I would tell the pigs that inhabit that pen that they can clean up their own mess.
July 27, 2015 at 1:09 p.m.
This concept is not unique as it has been around for a number of years. It is a simple way to provide quick housing in places that have a population boom or need to go vertical due to lack of space. However, shipping containers are simple to recycle through the ordinary scrap process since they are all steel. You want to recycle something? Begin by trying to save the multitude of houses that are left in disrepair that ultimately end up in a landfill.
July 27, 2015 at 8:56 a.m.
Joe,No, Tim Ryan assured me that as a Wall Street banker in Columbus, Ohio, John Kasich only helped rich republicans and screwed the working man. Then, he probably used the lavish bonus he received buying jewelry and Escalades for his friends. And, President Obama is doing just fine in transforming America, putting us on par with the rest of the world.
July 22, 2015 at 11:15 a.m.
Yes, John Kasich, as managing director of Lehman Brothers' Columbus, Ohio office, was singularly responsible for the collapse of the nation's 4th largest investment bank and the entire sub-prime mortgage crisis. And, he escaped the mess he left in 2008 with a massive salary of $182K and a bonus of $432K, a real golden parachute. It was probably something he cooked up with Newt Gingrich while he served in Congress.
July 22, 2015 at 9:14 a.m.
Pookie,Allah Loves You!
July 17, 2015 at 1:33 p.m.
redeye1Why should we be so pissed off at the President. After all, in the 2008 debates, he said he would sit down and talk to anyone, including those who has sworn hatred and death to America. He and his wife promised that they wanted to transform America and they have done it for six years. Of course, Americans with half a brain can see that he is drawing us down to second-world status with out trade and foreign relation agreements. Look at what he just gave Iran. You have to wonder, when Israel and Arabs come together and agree that something is wrong, there is a major problem. Now, more conventional weapons will be sold to Iran by Russia and they will be used to kill more Americans.
July 17, 2015 at 12:06 p.m.