Why Does Madison Alder Marsha Rummel Flout Street Construction Signs?
Every year Madison has a couple large street construction projects. That is the way urban environments operate. The needed upgrades allow for the city to function and serve residents for many decades to come. The current Jennifer Street project, along with a few cross streets, is no different. I, for one, am very pleased to see this effort underway.
Over the opening weeks of the project those who normally use the streets as a ‘thru way’ to another place are coming to terms with taking a different route. A large pizza business with many drivers have even tamped down the use of the impacted streets except when making a delivery at an address under construction. The traffic problems have greatly subsided with the aid and support from the Madison Police Department who have stopped cars and written tickets for a number of violations.
People are abiding–more and more–to the very obvious signs at the end of streets reading Road Closed To Thru Traffic.
So it is a rather sad sight to see time and again Madison Alderperson Marsha Rummel disregard the signs and drive in both directions on one of the impacted streets–even though she does not live in the construction zone.
While Rummel does live a few blocks from the construction there is a side street with even a stop light that could whisk her on her way as she comes and goes and therefore not raise dust in the zone. But the extra minute seems far too high a price to pay–even though it would be seen as a sign of respect for the neighborhood.
Now I know our alder is a busy woman and on any given day she needs to juggle all sorts of business. As she needlessly travels right past the construction signs she may well be on her way to paint a picture on the pavement at an intersection in the city–a project she championed in the council. Need not think about the salt and snowplows in winter chipping the paint away or the heat of the sun fading the project.
Or our Alder might be driving to a coffee shop so she can browse the offerings of the leftist Guardian from Britain. The same paper she used as a resource for her Facebook posts following the Tony Robinson matter in our neighborhood. When I want accurate news about Madison I do not seek out the international press so to present a most negative view of the city I live in.
Or perhaps Rummel was on her way to a meeting to somehow further undermine the Madison police.
I no longer expect competent leadership from Rummel. She pulled the plug on her own credibility a long time ago.
But I would hope she could at least heed the signs placed by the city about what streets are closed to ‘thru traffic’.