Letter: LOST investment isn't going to streets

Next year the street in front of my house is due to be resurfaced thanks to the local-option sales tax (which I voted for). I also was told the standard-sized sidewalk in front of my house (four feet wide) is being extended to six feet on both sides of the street. I guess they want to start to land planes on my street.

It seems like the city is talking out of both sides of its mouth. I read where they are pushing one program to encourage businesses to install permeable pavement that allows rainwater to be absorbed into the ground. And yet they turn around and install more pavement and wider sidewalks. Won’t these extra wide sidewalks cause more runoff into our overloaded storm sewers?

The city likes to talk about how “green” it is and yet city workers are laying more and more cement.

When I voted for extra tax moneys to improving our streets I thought that was what we were getting. Instead, less lanes of traffic for vehicles, lanes for bikes and wider sidewalks. To me it seems like more of a “bait and switch” here. We voted in the extra money, now it’s being used however the city pleases — tacking on additional projects, thus the streets are taking longer and longer to get fixed.

I won’t even mention how the city decided controlling traffic with signals are a thing of the past and instead are back to installing four way stops.

Mary A. Craig

Cedar Rapids


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