March 26, 2008
Bobbie Carroll, North Cleveland Park, Printed in the NW Current
Just to recap, Klingle Road runs under
Connecticut Avenue, connecting neighborhoods on both sides of
Rock Creek Park. A three-quarters-of-a-mile stretch of the
public road has been inoperable since 1991 due to DC Government
failures to prevent collapse of a small segment near the Porter
Street intersection and to repair the road after the collapse.
The land surrounding this public road was
given to the District of Columbia in 1885 and operated as a road
for 100 years. Under Klingle Road, there are electric,
gas, water and telephone lines that connect the east and west
sides of Rock Creek Park. Among the many reasons Klingle Road
should be repaired and reopened for vehicular traffic is the
basic fact that heavy trucks need to access the road to maintain
and repair these utilities.
The DC Council legislated the repair and
reopening of Klingle Road for vehicular traffic in the Budget
Support Act of 2004. This important legislation reverses
years of DC government failure to perform a fundamental
responsibility of repairing crucial infrastructure.
Regrettably, the Federal Highway
Administration is undermining the council's mandate and DC home
rule with abusive administration of the environmental impact
statement process, now in its 48 month.
At last, Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham and
Mayor Adrian Fenty are including $2 million in the DC budget to
move the project forward. The funds will be used to
finally clean up the road and prepare a water remediation plan
that is necessary before the road can be constructed. This
initiative by Council member Graham and Mayor Fenty is a highly
needed response to the Federal Highway Administration's
DC funds should be used to rebuild the road.
Save the federal highway funds for another project.
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