Authored by Bruce Dughi
BikeWalkCV found a very inexpensive and effective way to get rid of those pesky puddles that litter so many “unimproved sidewalks” in Castro Valley after an El Nino rain–fill them in with dirt/gravel! With this low-cost treatment, the rain drains over the curb and into the street, similar to a concrete walkway. Thanks to Alameda County Public Works Association (PWA) for helping us out. You can see the difference in the photos below.
This first photo shows a large puddle two days after rain on Redwood Road just north of Berdina. Students and other pedestrians must endanger themselves by walking into the busy, fast moving Redwood Road to get around this puddle.
This second photo shows the same stretch of walkway with the new gravel treatment a day after storms that dumped five inches of rain on Castro Valley!
We’ve pointed out several more spots on Redwood Road to PWA in hopes that they’ll continue the great work.
If you spot issues like this or other things blocking the unimproved sidewalks (like overgrowth or cars parked onto the walkway) around Castro Valley, you can use the “Mobile Citizen” app on your smart phone or you can report them online using this Public Works Online Requests link. Together we can make walking safer and more enjoyable in Castro Valley.