Editorial: City needs to finish what it started

Craig Editorial Board, Jan. to March 2012

  • Al Cashion, community representative
  • Jeff Pleasant, community representative
  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
  • Chris Nichols, community representative
  • Josh Roberts, newspaper representative

Our View

The City of Craig needs to take a hard look at potentially dangerous streets, particularly the stretch of Barclay that crosses the Sandrocks. More enforcement and sidewalks would go a long way to ensuring the safety of motorists and pedestrians alike.

Anyone who starts a project should follow it through to the end.

Common sense, right?

Yet completion is noticeably lacking when it comes to some of Craig’s streets and pathways.

The stretch of Barclay Street that crosses the Sandrocks is a good example. It’s a hazard that a little forethought and follow through could have prevented.

The street is narrow, winding and steep on both sides of the Sandrocks, making it an invitation for young, reckless drivers to catch air.

It’s a daily hazard for residents who live in this area, and it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt or killed.

The editorial board wonders why this street was created in the first place. Yampa Avenue, a route designed much better, is just a few blocks away.

Regardless, the city could take steps to make Barclay less dangerous.

Better speed enforcement and more police presence in that area would stop joy-riding teens in their tracks. Speed bumps would put a damper on drivers looking for a cheap thrill.

Motorists aren’t the only ones at risk on this stretch of road. Without sidewalks, pedestrians are left to fend for themselves on an already dangerous thoroughfare.

Putting in a sidewalk on this road would be costly and difficult, but safety is worth the investment.

Alta Vista Drive is another steep and dangerous route that would benefit from more enforcement or even less labor-intensive solutions, like speed bumps that prompts drivers to slow down.

The editorial board urges city officials to scrutinize areas of the city that pose the greatest hazards to motorists and pedestrians alike.

It’s common sense, but it deserves repeating: Projects worth starting are worth finishing. Safety, and quality of life, suffer if they aren’t.

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Comments

xrsareus 2 years, 3 months ago

Talking about sidewalks. Whatever happened to the grant that was received to finish the sidewalks around the new middle school? I can't remember if the city or the school dist. was to received a grant or for sure when it was but I remember reading something about it. This is another area that needs to be finished. With the amount of traffic and school kids there will be a tragedy in that area. Maybe the newspaper could get some answers about what happened. Always wondered why the Hospital had to put sidewalks all the way to CR 7 and the new College didn't and the middle school didn't?

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citizensforgrowth 2 years, 3 months ago

Nobody can spend other peoples money like the daily press.

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