April 16 2008
by Laurie Collins. Printed in the NW Current
Finally (and thankfully), we have a mayor who, along with
Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham and others, is demanding
accountability by allocating D.C. funds to complete the D.C.
Council's mandate to fund the repair and reopening of Klingle
The draft environmental impact statement already recommended
rebuilding a two-lane road for vehicular traffic as the best
environmental solution. It is well-settled that the road's
collapse, and the city's failure to rebuild it, has caused more
damage to the environment.
Absurdly, the Federal Highway Administration has been jerking
the D.C. Department of Transportation around for three years,
contributing to increased costs.
These costs are already high because of years of misplaced
opposition to reopening the road, which we all know should have
been done immediately in 1991 at a far lower cost.
Today's Klingle Road presents an appalling health hazard. The
action taken by the mayor and Council member Graham arises out
of frustration with bureaucratic indifference and incompetence,
and for them to step forward is brilliant.
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