Clinton Hill could get cut immediately after repaving

Signs of incision decisions on newly smoothed B’Heights street

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A freshly paved street in Brooklyn Heights could be about to get jackhammered.

The city finished repaving a stretch of Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights last week, and days later orange markings that usually denote imminent sub-street work appeared, suggesting that the fresh asphalt may be scheduled to get ripped up again in a stunning case of government ineptitude. But a spokeswoman for the city’s roads department said her office has no idea the source of the symbols.

The paint begins at the corner of Pierrepont Street heading towards Cadman Plaza West and extends onto the sidewalk near a manhole cover and a utility hatch.

Utility companies usually procure permits from the Department of Transportation before cutting open a street, unless they deem it an emergency, said neighborhood community board administrator Robert Perris. And the city usually refrains from issuing those permits for streets that were just paved, he said.

“The DOT understands that the general public is extremely cynical about freshly paved streets being dug up,” he said. “It was surprising that these markings showed up so soon after the paving.”

The only open permits listed for that intersection by the city are for the resurfacing job, which is finished.

So for now the marks remain a mystery along with the identities of those responsible for the white flags that appeared one July morning atop the Brooklyn Bridge.

“We don’t really know what it is,” Perris said. “Are they from German artists?”

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jack Hammer from Park Slope says:
Lucky for them they're just at the "could" stage.

Our block, 4th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues in Park Slope, was repaved for the first time in about a decade maybe three months ago. Yet for the past two weeks, National Grid has been installing new gas mains, digging little 2x4 foot graves in the streets, and matching ones on the sidewalks, every 20 feet.

I would ask why National Grid couldn't have coordinated with the city to schedule this work in the reverse order, but that would introduce logic into the equation.
Aug. 15, 2014, 9:09 pm
REAL DEAL from BAY RIDGE . says:
No body pays attention, no body cares. commen sense in New york city does not excist, BQE is taking 20years plus to fix ,destroy and fix again , In New jersey it took about 4 months to make a new highway and fix up the Drixtel bridge on the Garden state parkway , just like that all done ,
Aug. 15, 2014, 11:30 pm
ty from pps says:
they could ask me. I know everything.
Aug. 16, 2014, 7:26 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
ty is a well known local god =- better be careful or he will smite you
Aug. 16, 2014, 1:38 pm
C from Bay Ridge says:
An educated guess...

LT FO in orange=Lightower Fiber Optic. Probably a location where a fiber cable is going or a projected path of one to come soon. Reach out to LT and find out more?
Aug. 18, 2014, 12:46 pm

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