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Randall Road con job

Published: Sunday, June 22, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

If you think the $135 million Randall Road project is designed to save you time turning left at Randall and Algonquin roads, think again. That’s not the purpose of this project.

The county wants to spend almost all of that money – $38 million per mile, more than four times the national average cost and $1,200 of your tax dollars for every family in the County – to build frontage roads, which isn’t going to do a darned thing about the wait to turn left at Randall and Algonquin.

As for frontage roads, let me ask you a question. Say you’re at the Wal-Mart on Randall Road and you want to go to Trader Joe’s. How do you get there? Answer: You drive through the parking lot and cross at County Line Road.

And if the county builds frontage roads next to Randall Road, you’ll still drive through the parking lot because it’s still faster and more convenient than using frontage roads.

So, for two years you’ll live through the aggravation of Randall Road being completely torn up (have you been at Routes 31 and 176 lately?), and when they’re finally done, those frontage roads won’t save you one minute turning left at Randall and Algonquin or driving down Randall Road.

There are two ways to waste taxpayer money. The first is to overpay for something. The second is to pay for something you don’t need in the first place. The county is wasting the taxpayers’ money both ways in spades with this project.

Steve Willson


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