The mess on Mesa this Sunday did not occur.
Had they actually closed the freeway for 18 hours, public safety–ambulance, fire and police services would have been paralyzed.
After considering the safety issues think of the economic ones. How much time and money would have been wasted crawling Mesa? What impression would have we left on the people from out of town that were trying to pass through?
Our city representative on the west side was quoted in an opinion piece in the Times the other day.
“We’re a big city and this is not a bad problem to have at this time because it’s preparing us for the future,” said city Rep. Cortney Niland, who represents much of the area affected by construction. “I know it’s frustrating, and I’m stuck in that traffic, too, but I’m begging everybody to be patient and let’s get through this as best we can. It’s all we can do.”
She was absolutely wrong. There were things that could be done to lessen the problem.
I spoke with someone who told me that me he talked with the mayor this Sunday. The mayor evidently indicated that he got a commitment from the people involved to keep three lanes open in each direction.
Thank you Mr. Mayor.
Governing involves more than posturing.
We deserve better