One of the reasons residents lose faith in government has nothing to do with who sits in the White House. It has to do with the roads they travel and whether or not their garbage is picked up on time.
On Wednesday, the Macon Area Transportation Study Policy Committee spent most of its meeting talking about a 2.3-mile stretch of Jeffersonville Road that runs from Emery Highway to U.S. 80. To say that residents of the area have been waiting a long time for the road to be widened would be an understatement.
Children have been born, grown up and graduated from college waiting. The bumps in the road have been inspected by several mayors, councilmen and councilwomen and commissioners, and now, with construction about to begin this year — sometime — another challenge emerges. The relocation of a railroad line that crosses Lakeside Reservoir Dam. If it's not one thing, it's another.
That's been the story of this project.
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Our hope is that the project is, first, done right and serves the residents of the area and does not cause other issues. While it's fine and good to want to get started there are advantages and disadvantages to dropping the relocation of the rail line as proposed.
Whatever those answers are, they must be explained to the community so they understand the reasons for the advance or the delay of the project.