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Winslow Way drivers show ugly side during construction | Letters | Aug. 26

The downtown construction has taken its toll on every person on Bainbridge: tourists, shop owners, commuters, and everyday islanders. I’ve personally felt the frustration at times, and even wondered if we’d ever see the light at the end of this dusty and invasive tunnel.

However inconvenient the construction zones may be, there is no excuse for the behavior I have seen the past few days. I watched as numerous cars sped through hand-held stop signs, around barricades, over traffic cones, and almost hit construction workers who are there to do their job. People of Bainbridge, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

I have always been proud to tell people that I am from Bainbridge Island. An island where people are kind to their neighbor, shop locally, stop for pedestrians, share the road, and who boasts, “Small Town, Big Heart.” While I witnessed this ugliness, petty selfishness, and a complete disregard for the safety of workers, I became embarrassed to be from Bainbridge.

Where is this “Big Heart” that we are so proud of? My question to those who cannot wait the extra five minutes to get through traffic: Were you surprised by the construction that has been going on for months now? Why not give your commute an extra 10-15 minutes? And just because you overslept your alarm and are in a rush to catch a boat, does that really justify running over someone who is doing their job?

I hope you realize how selfish you are and feel ashamed. Islanders need to remember what we stand for as a community and live that everyday, even when one is rushing to catch a boat.

I do have one request for the city. Could the city work with the construction company and post online or in the paper a list of roads and routes that will be closed for that day or the coming week?

There are some roads that don’t mention a need for a detour until a driver or pedestrian reaches the end of the road and has to turn around. I feel that a posted map of routes that will be closed could help the frustration of people trying to get from one side to the other.

Kristin Swanson

Bainbridge Island

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