As a cautionary demonstration of the hazards of the kind of wacky old-roadway-meets-new-driveway construction found in front of a set of under-construction townhomes at the corner of Bayou and Baron streets in the Fifth Ward, the accident pictured here doesn’t quite hold up to extended scrutiny. Sure, it might be tough for a vehicle to stay on the asphalt when a stretch of roadway suddenly disappears and new concrete driveways stretch across it (as illustrated in the second photo above). But here the damaged Escalade appears to have crashed into a stationary hazard on the opposite side of the street.
And yes, the car might have run right over the driveways!! But isn’t it nice that the utility pole that stands in the middle of the street right-of-way (carrying a single, decommissioned electrical line, according to a source) protected those new stretches of concrete from any damage?
But hey, wacky streets get wacky accidents. Photos of this one, sent in by a Swamplot reader who saw our story about the bizarre confluence of public roadway and private drive posted yesterday, show the result of a mid-afternoon Escalade escapade from a weekend earlier this month.
- Previously on Swamplot: Here’s One Way To Get Extra Long Driveways for Your Fifth Ward Townhome
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