|Photo by Jennifer Odell|
Last week MDOT posted this sign just above Buzzy’s Country Store at Harry James Road advertising Traffic Disruptions Effective today 3 August.
Folks coming into the Store thru the week and the weekend then asked me about the sign and I told them that MDOT was rerouting the road so that it would run straight into Buzzy’s. Some folks actually believed me which made me wonder if I was really that good at being a Trumpian kinda guy who could tell people absolute bullshit and they would believe it, or if they really did believe that the MDOT folks were crazy enough to actually do such a thing. (I didn’t followup to ascertain why they thought I was or wasn’t being honest with them.)
Then just yesterday, The Baynet ran this article talking about the real reason for the sign:
|Lane Shift Will Assist MDOT SHA Improvement Project At Point Lookout State Park Tuesday | thebaynet.com | TheBayNet.com | Articles|
The State already owns all of the property shown in green. Why didn’t they just route the road through what they already owned rather than expand and screw with the old i.e. current road? They could have avoided having to take people’s frontage as well as not have to shut down parts of the current road while they do their upgrades. (For reference purposes, think of the construction of the Hughesville by pass a few years back where they simply constructed the new road east of downtown Hughesville with little to no impacts on the old road. Why didn’t the State pursue something similar with the Pt. Lookout project? Again, THEY ALREADY OWNED ALL OF THE PROPERTY. (It brings up another issue of why they don’t do something with parts of that property to increase the Park’s overall capacity, but that’s a topic for another day.)