"RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS"
Starting August 31,2009 starts a new era in Painesville?
Rt.20 Mentor Ave. starts its repaving and realignment to a 3 lane road. First the old pavement will be removed, new pavement put down and 1 eastbound lane, one westbound lane and a center turning lane.
I will go to a city council meeting and apoligize to the people responsible for this decision if by some miracle it works. There are 8 Laketran bus stops between Fern Dr. and Wood St. if a bus stops at say in front of the Y.M.C.A. all traffic stops,the flow of traffic will resemble a long "train" you cannot go into the passing lane to get around the bus. If you think its hard to turn out of Newell St. now just wait. Side streets without signals will be impossible to get out of. I counted at least nine streets in that stretch without signal, plus the Y.M.C.A. Riders, Perkins, LEC College, Founders Place Apartments, plus for good measure a couple of Churches good luck exiting these establishments during the day.
Their are five streets with traffic lights Fern Dr, Chestnut St, Walnut/Grant St. Washington St. and Wood St.
Wonder if Mr. Volpe knew this when he drew up streetscapes? Where, when, and who did this study? City Manager, City Planner? To the west there are 5 lanes to the east 4 lanes. What are we going to call this stretch of road the center of the hourglass?
Traffic will be maintained during construction?? What about after the work is completed October 1,2009? funny the sidewalks on Jackson St. were going to be done by the time school started. I have a funny feeling soon we will all have a comments about this Mentor Ave. change. Are we doing the right change the easy change or the cheap change?
Talked with someone from Unity in the Community, they have approach the schools about holding three meetings in September and October for "Meet the Candidate Nights" Will keep you informed on any news on this subject.
Don't forget the "Taste of Painesville" Thursday September 3. I know most of you will probably get a recorded message from Doug Nagy inviting and reminding you.
GREAT WEATHER, GREAT FOOD, GREAT MUSIC, BUT MOST OF ALL GREAT FRIENDS. "TASTE OF PAINESVILLE" WAS PERFECT! THE COMMENT I HEARD MOST WAS WE SHOULD DO THIS MORE OFTEN! I DON'T KNOW WHO PAYS DOUG NAGY BUT THEY GET THERE MONEYS WORTH, HE SURE CAN FILL A ROOM. GOOD JOB DOUG!