Friday, July 29, 2011
Death in Bend and city doesn't care
And the city's response? Hey, we have problems like this all over town. Take a number and get in line.
Sadly, this section of east Bend does not have the wherewithal to do what is necessary: Sue the city until it fixes this deadly roadway, which has no bike lanes let alone a sidewalk. But, there is plenty of room for all that and more.
The city knows it doesn't have to do anything about Reed Market because the citizens in east Bend have no political clout and little recourse.
Yes, a bond measure was passed in May that would address the problems on Reed Market, but that work won't happen for at least three years, at the earliest. This means that more deaths are likely on this roadway.
The city engineer said that the accident that killed the teen was unusual, but hard to prevent.
He did concede that the accident was caused by traffic that backed up due to a car making a left-hand turn from Reed Market onto Pettigrew, a well-traveled road that takes drivers to Costco.
Hello, Mr. Engineer, but maybe a dedicated left-hand turn lane would've solved this problem?
But, no! This isn't possible because ... it's east Bend and who cares what those people think.
The city needs to be sued until it fixes immediately the deadly traffic problems on Reed Market.