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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Only in New Jersey

If you build a garage with underground parking levels on the flood plain of a major river, you shouldn't be surprised when it gets flooded. But New Jersey went ahead in the early '90s and built its $31 million Statehouse garage on the Delaware River in Trenton anyway. So now - no surprise - we taxpayers have to pay for flood damage to the garage after last month's rains and river spillage.

For a state with big-time financial woes, New Jersey doesn't need another unexpected bill: $600,000. That brings the total for parking garage repairs after flooding in September 2004, April 2005 and now this year to about $2 million. And the overseer of the Statehouse and its grounds says there is no engineering solution. So we can expect to be hit with a new repair bill the next time the waters rise.

Why didn't those who planned and approved the parking garage think of the consequences of building on a flood plain? How silly to ask. After all, this is New Jersey.


Anonymous Hartster said...

It'll be interesting to see the hoops the developer will have to go through vs. what the state did if the plans to build condos on Funtown Pier in Seaside are realized - because those plans also include underground parking.

11:24 AM, August 07, 2006  

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