|Rt. 13 & Main Street Intersection|
Many of you traveling in the downtown area are more than familiar with the construction 'project' since last October, which has rendered this area useless. However, when the City underestimated the construction cost, all movement ceased in April and it's laid inert ever since.
This image was taken Monday, June 26th at 4pm denotes the lack of any work in progress. The bulldozer hasn't moved, the street is still torn up and people needing to be in the area are still forced to detour down side streets.
Just how long is this project going to continue [sic]? A reliable source close to the situation has stated the City had grossly underestimated the cost and fees to remove contaminated soil, which led to this shutdown. Will it be another eight months to a year and then some before the City conjures up the remaining funds issue?
Once again, this proves Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and his Administration don't have a handle on basic situations such as this, which are a mainstay for any city governance. Didn't we read somewhere he holds a Masters in Urban Development? If so, wouldn't one with such an education know the cost differential for these incidents and how to outsource the job properly to get reasonably accurate quotes from outside vendors?
In all fairness to Day, projects do run into road hazards (pardon the pun) but this is why astute leadership builds in budget buffers to head off missteps and under-estimations. Why didn't then acting City Administrator Julia Glanz make monetary allowances for such an issue should it occur?
From the same source, the actual cost for contaminated soil removal is at least 7 times the money allotted for the project. This is more than mere oversight or minor miscalculation; it borders extreme negligence or naiveté which denotes incompetence. In either case, it's not good for Salisbury residents and those needing to access this heavily traveled area.
It seems Day & Company just went off half-cocked without much forethought or reasonable assessment of what they were dealing with...
Guess we'll be stuck with this new addition to downtown until they sort it out; however, businesses along this stretch have suffered. One source said Mojo's definitely has seen a drop in business; therefore, it is only an educated assumption others have grappled with this same access issues. Will they continue to attempt to run a business in this area if customers/clients can't access their establishments due to this construction turned pop art installation?
At this point, we don't know... However, should businesses be forced to shutter, doesn't that prove counterproductive for revitalizing the downtown area?
I'm just a man asking questions along with pointing out the obvious...