City calls this a footpath? | Letter to the editor

City calls this a footpath? | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

I have read with interest the debate about a pedestrian bridge over Highway 305. I have no strong opinion about the project but am pleased to see that it is being approached with careful deliberation.

I do, though, wonder why The Review has not also covered the major widening of 305 between Winslow Way and High School Road. Friends have tried to tell me that it is a foot and bike path, but clearly they are spoofing me and I’m not that gullible. Just look at the scale of the thing. Immediately north of Winslow Way is a gabion wall that would do credit to an interstate, with a substantial concrete retaining wall on the uphill side. Spanning a small ravine is a steel bridge that would support an 18-wheeler, and whole hillsides have been laboriously graded back to a low angle to prevent any possibility of landslide.

Construction crews with heavy equipment have been at work on these new 305 lanes for months, and it appears the work is not near completion. It might make sense to continue the extra lane(s) north to the next light, but I see no sign of that yet.

If we actually wanted only a footpath, a good Scout troop could hack one out as a summer project. No clearly, this is a much bigger endeavor. I mean, no reasonable authority would spend so much on a mere footpath. Would they?

CEBE WALLACE

Eagledale

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