dragon-wings
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Cracks Found In New Apron At Islip

Sat Jun 10, 2006 8:56 am

Cracks that pose a potential safety hazard to airplanes have appeared on the newly constructed apron where planes pull up outside the expanded Southwest Airlines terminal at MacArthur Airport.

The apron, which is where planes pull up to gates 5 through 8, was part of an $82-million expansion project at MacArthur. Southwest added four new gates and currently is renovating four other gates. The second phase of the project was to be completed next month, but that could be delayed due to the problem.


http://www.newsday.com/news/local/lo...284.story?coll=ny-linews-headlines
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wjcandee
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RE: Cracks Found In New Apron At Islip

Sat Jun 10, 2006 10:49 am

Welcome to doing business in New York.  Smile

WN is undoubtedly used to Hank Hill types doing its work in Texas. Probably can't even imagine that someone would skimp on the contents of the Redi-Mix. Can't, of course, be sure that it's not just poor engineering or some unexpected thing cropping up...but I'm sure we'll all look forward to the results of the investigation.
 
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RE: Cracks Found In New Apron At Islip

Sat Jun 10, 2006 10:52 am

wow sucks for them but I am sure they will get it fixed if it becomes that big of problem. I say let the people who poured the cement be responcible for the repairs if they are at fault, but then again you never know who is really at fault with these kind of things sometimes.

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RE: Cracks Found In New Apron At Islip

Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:35 am

Quoting NightFlier (Reply 2):
but then again you never know who is really at fault with these kind of things sometimes

You're absolutely right, and we shouldn't jump the gun. However, when the sub-base ended up being only two-thirds as thick as it was supposed to be, and the 3-inch difference caused the problem because it didn't bring the sub-base up high enough to prevent heaving, then that raises questions. Relevant facts from the article:

"The Suffolk County district attorney's governmental corruption bureau has been investigating the expansion project and subpoenaed records related to the apron Wednesday, town sources said.

(...)

Apron construction cost $12.4 million and was completed in 2004. PavCo, a Holbrook paving company, worked with the Scalamandre Organization, a Freeport firm, on the job.

(...)

PavCo is currently facing federal fraud charges for bid-rigging. Their lawyers have said the Fehrs are not guilty. In November 2001, Fred and Joseph Scalamandre, the Scalamandre firm's founders, admitted paying off organized-crime figures with $1 million generated through income tax fraud."
 
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RE: Cracks Found In New Apron At Islip

Sun Jun 11, 2006 12:35 am

Wow! Construction issues on the island. Who would have thought?

Is the project insured?

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RE: Cracks Found In New Apron At Islip

Sun Jun 11, 2006 12:55 am

Quoting Wjcandee (Reply 3):

You're absolutely right, and we shouldn't jump the gun. However, when the sub-base ended up being only two-thirds as thick as it was supposed to be, and the 3-inch difference caused the problem because it didn't bring the sub-base up high enough to prevent heaving, then that raises questions.

Am I living in a dream world to think that the airline or the FAA would have to inspect this kind of thing?
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RE: Cracks Found In New Apron At Islip

Sun Jun 11, 2006 3:10 am

"PavCo is currently facing federal fraud charges for bid-rigging...In November 2001, Fred and Joseph Scalamandre, the Scalamandre firm's founders, admitted paying off organized-crime figures with $1 million generated through income tax fraud."

Construction and the mob? No way!

Maybe Jimmy Hoffa is buried underneath the apron.  

[Edited 2006-06-10 20:11:02]
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