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LETTER: Ed Pipalski sees waste in KY 80 Bridge plan

Questions whether there is plan to handle 7,000 vehicles across Greenhills RD during construction phase

Dear Ed,

I wrote Representative Mobley about my concerns over the bridge plan. He seems to think the County Judge Executive and Fiscal Court have all the answers and are the driving force behind the decisions.

I am scratching my head wondering why in the world the State would appropriate $100,000.00 plus for log rollers on the pilings of a bridge that was to be scheduled for demolition the following year.

Sounds like it might be time for an investigation into waste and abuse by the DOT Inspector General's Office. I find it hard to believe the bridge can not be repaired in lieu of replacement and can only wonder why nothing has been done to maintain the bridge's integrity before it fell into such disrepair that it requires replacement. Obviously, the bridge hasn't deteriorated beyond repair overnight or in one year for that matter.

Are we ready for the heavy traffic on Greenhills Road? Can only imagine how 7,000 vehicles, so I've been told, per day will affect the public safety through that part of the city. Can you imagine two semi-trailers passing in opposite directions in those curves?

It would seem to me that the first priority of work should be the establishment of a dedicated truck route for hazardous material around the vulnerable Columbia Square.

Wasn't it just the other day a fuel truck exploded in Oregon in a populated area of a city. I think 4,000 had to be evacuated; that's the whole city population for Columbia.

Who cares anyway? If more money is needed current taxes can be raised or new ones passed; guess that's why it is called Commonwealth.

Yours Truly,

Ed Pipalski

This story was posted on 2006-03-16 11:00:00
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