Sometimes it’s one thing — such as weather, deterioration, or maybe even poor construction — that can cause problems on our roads and highways. But whatever the cause, these areas need to be addressed.
That’s why our road crews always have plenty to do. Often, the length of time it takes to start or complete these repairs just doesn’t please the motoring public. Patience isn’t always there when the needs are.
There may be a good reason for the delay, or there may not. It doesn’t hurt to ask. We ALL might learn something.
Mr. Gammill, Can you please find out if there are any plans to at least repair Pennsylvania from 134th Street south to 140th and beyond? There have been pot holes and broken asphalt for several months. Reporting the pot holes has had no results to date. There is a new junior high school under construction just south of 140th Street that will be increasing traffic. With this in mind, we need (a) safe, not a deteriorating street. Also, Pennsylvania from 134th Street to 149th Street is two lane. Are there any plans to widen this section?
Bernie and Peggy
Thanks for the questions, B&P. Here are your answers, from Shannon Cox at the Public Works Department:
“The potholes have been reported and crews are scheduled to repair the area of Pennsylvania from SW 134 to SW 140.
“In regard to widening a roadway, those projects are funded by bond funds and that area was not on the last bond issue.
“I will submit the area of Pennsylvania from SW 134 to SW 149 to be put on the list for consideration for the next bond issue.”
And here’s a “thanks” to Shannon.
By the way ...
Did you see or hear about the recent recent poll that showed three in 10 Americans are worried (that’s the word used) about conditions on our roads and highways? A research group commissioned by the Laborers’ International Union of North American, conducted the poll May 29-June 1 and found:
“59 percent of Americans worry about unsafe conditions due to poor road surfaces ...
“28 percent say road conditions have contributed to an accident involving themselves or someone they know ...
“40 percent say they or someone they know has almost had an accident or lost control of their car due to poor road surfaces ...
“69 percent say poor road conditions contribute to wear and tear on their car.”
So where are the greatest percentages of worry? The pollsters said 69 percent of residents in the Northeast spoke out, 67 percent of those in the Midwest and 70 percent overall of those living in urban areas.
Does that mean other locations don’t have these worries? Certainly not. Most areas do.
You can read more on this by going online to www.liuna.org/poll and form your own opinions.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.