As promised

From November 2006, a revelation from Ward 2 Councilman Sam Bowman:

NW 50th from Pennsylvania to May, one of the more wretched stretches of pavement in this town, will be scraped off and resurfaced in 2007.

He didn’t say when in 2007, but the scraping has in fact begun. In fact, the process began about a month ago, but I misread it as curb repair; now the graders are on hand and the Local Traffic Only barriers are up at both ends.

This affects my morning commute hardly at all: if I take Linn north, I hit one extra stop sign (at 48th) and cross the graded area with a major bump, but that’s it. Linn south isn’t really accessible from the Northwest Distressway, westbound anyway, so on the way home I take Villa and tack around Monroe School, unless I have errands to run. (I am one of those weird people who bundles all the errands into a single drive, partly to save gas, but mostly because I want to get them out of the way as quickly as possible.)

And maybe that curb work will do something to address the drainage, or lack thereof, along 50th: this year after small rains, there was enough standing water to service an entire generation of mosquitoes. Don’t ask about the big rains.





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