By: Diane Benjamin
The purpose of the meeting last night was only to approve the Town’s share of funding so a grant could be obtained to fix West College.
The construction includes extending the trail. No details were allowed to be discussed like how a railroad track would be crossed and still be ADA compliant. Stan tried, Koos cut him off – but Koos did apologize at the end of the meeting. Kathleen Lorenz had to take her jabs too almost at the end. She thought Stan was detracting from the message “we are fixing the road”. Discussion of the obvious wasn’t allowed, the Town is still considering an underpass in Uptown. If that topic isn’t applicable to a track on the west side why is an underpass needed in Uptown?
I wonder if that will be a surprise later? Will Julie Hile’s Vision Zero presentation screw up the whole project? (search for previous stories) Maybe she will suggest only two lanes to slow traffic – of course with wide separate bike lanes.
Kevin McCarthy thinks bikers quit using this road to get to the country to ride because it is in such bad shape. Much was made about this project being an economic catalyst. Uptown was a catalyst, are your taxes higher or lower now?
The bad news is construction won’t start before 2022. I predict the costs will go much higher because just fixing the road is never enough.