Somerville Speakup Line:

Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,

Whether it cost 1M or more to construct a two lane, even a one lane, temporary bridge, it would more than be worth it. I have to travel from east to west everyday, the complete closure of this bridge is absolutely ludricrious in this day and age, on a route that is a commuter route. Think of the lost employment hours, the added travel time to commuters in two directions, the excessive intrusive traffic into the neighbors, and the enormous monies we can expect to spend on ‘special details’. With even a one-lane temporary bridge, one police detail and commuters could travel the usual route with minimal delay, if any. Take a look at this project which completed one month early and under budget. 1900 linear feet. Down in Oct, finished before May. And traffic in this case was simply rerouted to the parallel roadway beneath the overpass, no special details, or traffic off the primary route. In our case, traffic is rerouted circuitiously which no doubt requires lot of costs in police details. Case of competence vs. incompetence. Our bridge should not be impended for a year – its unacceptable. Thank god we have a planning dept, huh, to advocate for our residents, NOT.

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