Ongzi, a zeal HORTICULTURIST,yet resides in a plant-free apartment…… thinks that plants deserved to be treated as LIVING THING, not merely as plants …… strongly condemns any form of CRUELTY TO PLANTS, yet enjoys feast on them…… collects only e-HERBARIUM, and proudly encourages others to do the same……
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Landscape : Curbing the Curbs 2
Road curbs, when wrongly placed, or poorly
maintained, literally curb the rainwater from flowing away from the road, thus
keeping the rainwater on the road surface.
When curbs defeated its purpose, road become streams of waterway.
Not only the scupper/discharge drains are not
sufficient to direct the water to storm drain, they are clogged with sands and
vegetation as well. Over time, sand and earth form vehicles
accumulate at the road edge. Yet, instead of sweeping the sand away, they were
dumped on the road shoulders.
It does not need an civil engineer or a town
planner to realize that the curb is not serving its purpose.
Obviously, there are other reasons. I can imagine some :
1. incompetent architects designed the road. They are either ill-equipped with the
knowledge, or with ill-intention ;
2. deceitful contractors cut corners in doing their sloppy work ;
3. cheating maintenance contractors not doing
their job ;
4. corrupt government officials closed one of
their eyes ; 5. damaged of pipes by third-party contractor ;
6. and yes, we could blame the weather : it rains
too much !
Or, we can just do away the curbs. For new projects, level down the road shoulders so that rain
water can flow freely to the storm drain. That should settle the problem once and for
However, for the existing problematic curbs, either
spend a perennial sum to maintain and repair the drains, or spend a lump sum to
level down the shoulders. Of course, the
government can always find whoever created the mess, and make them pay. Just in case, for those who don't know how's the look of a road without curbs, check out the photo below.