Archive for Thursday, July 6, 2006

It’s really closed

July 6, 2006


To the editor:

Let's check the dictionary, shall we? Road: "An open, generally public way for the passage of vehicles, people, and animals." Now, how about closed: "To bar access to, i.e., the road is closed for repairs."

There is a stretch of County Road 1055 (an alternate route to Baldwin from Lawrence) that is being worked on. At approximately 800 Road, there are "wing barricades" that state "Road closed 1 1/2 miles. Local traffic only." They sit alongside (not blocking) 1055, and according to Keith Browning, Douglas County director of public works/county engineer, "are typically used to get drivers' attention, and to provide emphasis to the sign mounted on the barricade."

Living about a mile north of those signs, I can tell you that MANY drivers don't pay attention to those signs. Surely, they must think "road closed" doesn't apply to THEM. It is quite apparent when these folks come to a screeching halt at about my drive and, with puzzled looks, turn around and head back south. I've even had a few stop and ask me "is the road really closed?" My reply has often been, "ya know, I'm not sure. Why don't you just go on ahead and find out for yourself."

In closing, to anyone who thinks that "Road Closed" doesn't apply to them: Yeah, it's really closed.

Lenette Hamm,



Speakout 11 years, 9 months ago

Good letter, Lenette. I am sure this is really true knowing the mind set of many in this fair land. I used to travel that route very often and am anxious for it to reopen. Can you kindly write another letter to the editor when it is?

Thanks, we will all appreciate that.


reginafliangie 11 years, 9 months ago

It's like when people go to a door or entrance that says plainly on the door, "closed please use other door". The people still pull at the door thinking they have the magic touch and it will somehow open for them. I love watching that!

areyoukidding 11 years, 9 months ago

Lenette makes me ashamed to be from Baldwin. Does she really have nothing better to do with her time?

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