In today’s Northfield News, an article by Andrea Nelson titled Unhappy citizens walk out of Hwy 19 meeting; Officials answer questions on overlay, but not widening.
“Vague” is how one citizen deemed Peter Waskiw’s answers to citizen comments and answers at the Minnesota Department of Transportation Highway 19 open house Tuesday night… Several citizens said they were concerned with the bike traffic and the safety of biking along the corridor, given the rough surface. To this, Waskiw mentioned the re-pavement project planned for Highway 19. In 2010, the existing corridor will undergo a mill and overlay project, where the pavement will be fixed. This will also include striping and determining ways to improve turn lanes. However, Waskiw said, there will be no additional changes to the right-of-way.
Another question citizens raised was when the corridor would be widened. Chris Moates, MnDOT District 6 Planning Director of Transportation, said that this will not happen until at least 2015 and could be as far out as 2023. Many things need to come together before this reconstruction project can take place, including an environmental study that could take a couple of years to complete. “We are very behind in completing major projects in this district,” Moates said. Yet, he said MnDOT has suggested that the city conduct an environmental study beginning in 2009-2010. To this answer many citizens walked out and shortly thereafter the open house abruptly concluded.
I don’t understand. What were people upset about, the content of what they heard or how the meeting was conducted or both?