I hate to say this but here goes – “Wayne Allen was right.” Wayne is one of our great reporter/writers, and last week when the city noticed a huge hole in the alley next to the newspaper building, he said – “They will put up some barrier and that’s the way it will stay.” Turns out he was right. The city put up yellow caution tape and that’s the way it has stayed ever since. Of course now the tape in on the ground and some car will come up through there at night and bottom out.
At the same time, I have noticed two days in a row that traffic was backed up on Chillicothe Street from Second Street all the way back to 12th Street. That one was easy to figure out – the poorly timed traffic lights force cars to back up several lights at a time.
Again on Thursday I saw a car parked on the yellow in front of Toro Loco. Several months ago when I first noticed that I called the police department and told them it is an extreme hazard because no one can see up Washington Street. Well, since then I have seen it scores of times and as far as I can see, no one has done anything about it. I want to volunteer to be a witness if anyone is involved in a crash coming east off of Seventh Street attempting to cross Washington when someone is parked on the yellow. I want to tell their insurance company that I have reported it and it is still permitted each day.
Now, the good news. I am so appreciative of the fact that the city has clearly marked the lane shift on Gay Street. I always had a fear that a crash would occur there, but City Manager Derek Allen has gotten that job done and it is a relief. I have also noticed turn lanes and straight-ahead lanes are now repainted, and that is sure to prevent accidents.
These are just observations from someone who drives the streets on a regular basis. I know that there are priorities and probably none of these things I mentioned are priorities, but it might make people pay close attention the next time they approach any of these things. If that is all it accomplishes, that will be fine.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.