Thanks for Nothing, Con Ed

Managing Real Estate Broker with Howard Hanna Rand Realty License # 49FA1074963

At the risk of sounding like a stereotypical 40-something whining about the utility company, I have to ask who is at the wheel of these work crews Con Ed has working in my neighborhood. 

Obviously, some digging in the road is required this week, and that means the usual trucks, diversions, and jackhammers. No problem there. I can even deal with the typical sight of 3 guys standing doing absolutely nothing, hands on hips, watching one guy in the hole do whatever the guy in the hole does. What I disliked this go 'round was no flag man. This is a two-way street with one half closed for 30-40 yards. Help us out guys. Pretending the traffic doesn't exist could get you killed or injured, you know? It's more for you than me, and the inevitable lawsuit you'd win won't really compensate for that crushed pelvis and lifelong ostomy bag. Trust me. 

But even that is not unexpected. What we now have to put up with for the duration of the weekend is the crappy condition of the road until they come back Monday to (hopefully) finish the job this week. NO cones. NO temporary signs. Just the sound of gravel beneath my car buzzing like a UHF TV station on my 1977 rabbit eared Zenith TV when I was a kid. It makes me glad that the physics of those big metal plates they lay down over the holes can't be screwed up by the sloppy, careless jerks who think my neighborhood is OK to leave in a shambles. 

I recall about 4 years ago getting a push broom and sweeping the entrance to Orchard Road when a crew left copious gravel to lay and damage vehicles after another job. This instance is too big- it goes on for 4 or 6 houses.  

Consolidated Edison, or Con Ed as we've always known them, may not be the worst utility in the country but nobody cites them for corporate excellence either. It is galling that my bills go to those disingenuous public relations commercials they play ad nauseum on the radio while their real PR people, their workers in the field, do more damage. 

I don't have photos of the hands on hips guys, but here is some of their handiwork. 

Con Ed work

NO cones in this direction, thanks Con Ed. That oncoming car is getting it's undercarriage pelted by gravel that wasn't swept aside or cordoned off. 

Con Ed

I love how the backhoe gets cones. Like we can't see the tractor. Look at all the crap on the ground because unsuspecting cars drove all over it. 

Con Ed work zone

THis was the only spot to have cones, way down the hill from the main part of the job. You might note that the folks that live in this house and most other have manicured yards and take great care of the neighborhood. 

That is until, Con Ed comes along and treats the place like a gravel pit. 

Thanks for nothing Con Ed. 


Comments (14)

Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

About six weeks ago, there was a road crew doing something (still haven't figured out what) on a four lane, divided byway.  It's a main drag between Bristow (where I live) and Gainesville (where I work, shop, etc.).  I was driving my brand new car.  And this road crew had just laid some fresh asphalt.  Crews were directing us ONTO the fresh pavement.  I don't think the asphalt was ready for the onslaught of cars.  We all SUNK into the mushy stuff and all I could picture was the remnants of tar and gravel on my nice, new white bumper.  Did I mention one of the road crew in their big 'ol pick up peeled out from the side of the road and cut me off to get ahead of me? 

May 14, 2011 04:51 AM
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

HI Philip,

It is a union requirement to have a token few crew members standing around to annoy the rest of the genral public, I thought that this was common knowledge, as this is the case everywhere in North America, and it does not matter if the project is being done by city workers, a utility or private contractors ;o)

but eventually all the commotion will move on and annoy a different set of people, just around the corner, just enough out of sight to no longer affect you and your neighbours, and all of a sudden it becomes a prospecting opportunity ;o)

Have a Pfanntastic Week.

May 14, 2011 05:18 AM
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

Yep, that is pretty shoddy work. I'm not sure what is worse, the metal plates or the loose gravel. Both are very bad for motorcyclists.

May 14, 2011 06:06 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
An offer you can't refuse!

at least you live in a neighbourhood where they can afford cones (just kiddin')... I do love when the put a guy, earning $65 an hour, who stands there holding a sign advertising his IQ... (SLOW)

May 14, 2011 06:08 AM
Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

I think the neighbor with the nice lawn put the cones out himself.

May 14, 2011 10:18 AM
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

You tell them Phil. I like when you vent. Maybe they have keyword alert and see this blog and do something about it.

May 14, 2011 10:39 AM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Hi Phil: I have come across crew members of Con Ed, sitting in side roads taking a 'break'....  it is all so frustrating.. but the photos say it all....  P.S do you have enough batteries for when your electricity is disconnected?

May 14, 2011 12:16 PM
Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate

Looks like a poorly planeed project Phil. They could sue if an accident happened, but something tells me there will be no one to pay for your car scratches from they flying rock

May 14, 2011 12:25 PM
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Phil, this is such a typical scene: one guy is working and several others are standing, supervising. We all should take pictures of those work sessions and submit them to our city governments. Do you think our action would change the ratio of workmen vs supervisors?

May 14, 2011 12:36 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

There is so much of that going on around here right now.  There doesn't seem to be a street that is not blocked by these guys.  I love the image of the hands on hips, because I always get that impression.  And the mess... I hope they do get over on Monday, but maybe you shouldn't count on it.

May 14, 2011 04:45 PM
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

Philip, there are municipal laws in place that regulate flagmen and other such construction signage. Perhaps the BEST method to address the 'handiwork' here is to simply share this public post/blog with their PR department, local news stations, or even papers to get the word out. Negative publicity can sometimes have a positive effect.

May 14, 2011 10:22 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

You need to engender some complaints!  Lots of them!  Mr. Edison would probably not be impressed...

May 15, 2011 01:28 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

MY.. where is their common sense.. must have a monopoly on getting the work done and not afraid of compeition.  :(

May 15, 2011 02:02 AM