Seabees get job done without big bucks, bureaucracyMay 8th, 2014 by ed friedrich
From the sometimes it’s
better to do it yourself file.
That was the case after a heavy rainstorm undermined Farragut Street on Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton. An estimate found it would cost $36,000 to bring in a contractor to fix it. Because of budget cuts, no funding was available. Several civilian employees would’ve been needed to award and monitor the contract, for this little section of street, and it would have taken several months.
The large pothole remained untouched for two weeks, hindering traffic at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.
Plan B was called for. The Seabees answered.
A half dozen of them took care of planning and permitting. The Public Works Department provided them tools and materials.
They dug out the bad section of road and replaced with with a 15-by-30-foot reinforced concrete slab. It took seven working days and cost the Navy just $4,900.
There could be a lesson there.