Wendell leaders know they are in for a fuss, but they believe it’s important enough to prepare for the future that they are willing to take the heat as they revisit the town’s transportation improvement plan.
The work is going to be done quickly, which will make the town more susceptible to public criticism, but the fact of the matter is the town already has the basics of a transportation plan in place.
The town has hired a consultant to help them tweak the plan, which includes general routes for new roads and a series of connecting roads that will make it easier to move around from one part of town to another.
Planning director David Bergmark gave planning board members a quick glance at the existing plan at last week’s planning board meeting. The newly-revised plan will be presented to that same group next month, followed by some town hall-style meetings that will give the public a chance to weigh in on the ideas.
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Some will clearly love the new plan. Others will hate it. Bergmark says he knows that comes with the territory but, as he correctly points out, the thought of not preparing for future road needs is much more expensive than spending the money now and making everyone aware of the town’s intentions going forward.
The town has long sat on the sidelines and watched as other communities plucked transportation dollars from this pot or that pot, leaving Wendell holding an empty bag. If the town ever hopes to win support for its needs, building a solid, logical transportation plan is a necessary first step.