Release 7 p.m. EST
Weird Priorities – Costs for Proposed Klingle Road Hike Bike Path at
least $9.6M -- $2M More than Cost of Rebuilding Klingle Road
According to the District’s
Department of Transportation,
it will cost $9.6M to
renovate the area to make it suitable for a permeable surface hike/bike
path on Klingle Road.
Estimated cost to rebuild two lanes of Klingle Road for public
motor vehicle traffic remains at
$7.18M. The DC Council
has yet to hear who might use what could be the most expensive and
unnecessary hike/bike path in the country.
Ward 1 Council Member
Jim Graham introduced an
amendment, which was voted down, that would leave intact the current
language in the Budget Support Act, but would result in a pause to
examine what the best purpose of the area would be.
Ward 4 Council Member
Muriel Bowser questioned the
city carving out substantial land without knowing who would use this
pedestrians in the middle of a stream bed?" said At Large Council
Member Carol Schwartz.
After all, Ward 3 Council Member
Cheh called Klingle Road a steep gorge in a stream bed subject to
flooding and Schwartz does not want to see those who may use this area
drown in Klingle Valley.
The amendment seeks
$2M in federal aid but
Council members have varying ideas on how it would be spent. For
a Council that purports to take its legislative responsibilities
seriously, this Alice in
Wonderland amendment is mystifying.