Apr 17, 2012

A Failure To Prioritize

In a recent Morning Call article, about making the entrance road into Lehigh Parkway one way because of a leaning WPA wall, the City defended itself citing priorities. That's exactly the problem in Allentown, misplaced priorities. While the irreplaceable WPA icons have been allowed to crumble, we have macadamized every walking path in Cedar Park. While we concentrate on a new bridge over the Lehigh River for the American Parkway, we allowed the 15th Street Bridge to rust away. Now, because the 15th Bridge is half closed, the historic Schreibers Bridge is being damaged by intensive traffic and heavy trucks. An article in yesterday's Morning Call concerns Allentown possibly overcharging the suburbs for sewage. The article fails to mention that both the City and The Lehigh County Authority have been cited for sewage overflow into the Little Lehigh Creek. and mandated by the DEP to upgrade the system. Both political entities concern themselves with expansion and cash flow while ignoring infrastructure and our quality of life; A failure to prioritize.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

but we really Need a hokey arena!

Bill said...

A concise review of the situation. How sad. Anyone in the administration care to formally comment here? Curious what they might say.

Anonymous said...

Do you mean this route is permanent?
This route desperately needs more directional and speed limit signs.

michael molovinsky said...

@6:21, the route is not permanent, but the situation will get worse, before it gets better. the 15th bridge will be closed in both directions while it is replaced, hopefully starting this summer. when that happens, i fear for the historic schreibers bridge. already external stones on the northwest side of the bridge have fallen out, and the inside wall on the same side has been damaged. although i personally informed the mayor of these problems two months ago, nothing has been done; Another failure to prioritize.