An Open Letter to Mayor Richard Turner
Jun 29, 2014 | 1435 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear: Mr. Mayor:

Like many local residents, I walk each morning to keep fit, and the walkway along the river is a great addition to the town’s amenities. I am delighted to see the old steps are being repaired as they will cut out the long detour down the hill behind Charrito’s. However, I am concerned that a portion of sidewalk near the steps has been closed due to the renovations, forcing pedestrians to walk on the road. This is a blind corner; traffic comes down the hill fast, and I fear this is an accident waiting to happen. To make matters worse, a sign warns traffic going up the hill to keep to the right. A vehicle rounding the blind corner while keeping to the right may well encounter pedestrians in the road.

A simple solution would be to erect a temporary barrier in the affected area to separate pedestrians from vehicular traffic. This should be neither difficult nor expensive, and may well prevent a nasty accident or even save a life. Incidentally, the sign stating that the sidewalk is closed tells us to use the Pershing stairs. This is no use to those of us en route to the walkway as they go north, leading to a section of the walkway that is closed. We need to go south to get to the walkway that is open.

Thank you for your consideration,
Pat Walmsley

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