Getting a sidewalk built from Zebulon Middle School to the Boys & Girls Club has been a nightmare for everyone involved.
Here’s an idea. Anyone who has anything to do with this project that ought to be fairly simple and straightforward should get together for an afternoon, perhaps even visit the sight and make sure all the details are hashed out once and for all.
Zebulon Public Works Director Chris Ray thought this would be a fairly straightforward process when he started, oh, about two years ago. But DOT made late changes that threw a monkey wrench in the works and made the project more expensive. Then poor estimates on the cost of the work meant the town didn’t have the money to complete the project.
It’s a wonderful example of the silliness of bureaucracy. If there’s an example of a way to make something a government boondoggle this has been it.
Ray has been pushed, pulled and torn to bits by the problems that should never have been problems.
It makes us wonder, if the town tries again, what problems might crop up on the next go around.
The sidewalk is an important part of the effort to keep our children safe. For all the time young people have been walking from the middle school to the club on Shepard School Road, they’ve either had to walk in the roadway or on the shoulder of a heavily traveled corridor. That’s just not safe. Town officials and DOT need to pu† their heads together. Bring in a couple of companies that do this sort of work to get realistic cost estimates, put the money up for the project and then get the work done.
We’re not talking about construction of a superconducting supercollider here. We’re talking a sidewalk. A four- or five-foot wide ribbon of concrete far enough off the road that young people aren’t as likely to be struck by a vehicle passing by at a fair clip.
Let’s get on with it.