Street repair and improvement is a necessary evil no matter what town, village or city you live in. And it is always going to inconvenience somebody. Mostly just the people in the immediate area of the improvement work, sometimes it spokes out to encompass neighborhoods. But there seems to be no halfway to the inconvenience recently created by our town leaders. They have now undertaken a project that severely inconveniences every citizen on this island. Or at least those that eat, need to see a doctor or want to go to church.
Just before the stormy days of IDA were upon us, the City started tearing up the street, the only street, that runs along the east side of downtown. It is the main route to get to the grocery store and the hospital, as well as numerous hotels and the central market. And they are not doing it block by block so traffic can continue to move about downtown. No. They are laying new sewage and drainage pipe while they have the street pulled up so (they say) they have to tear up the whole length of the street before they can do anything.
Here is a view looking north past Hotel Carmelina and the Hotel Frances Arlene. No traffic is allowed down this street all the way to the market.
But it's looking south that is the most annoying. Just past that ambulance parked in the road is the Hotel Rocamar and the curve that goes down past the basketball court, next to the church. Next to that ambulance is the entrance way to get to our only supermarket on the island. We have little tiendas scattered about, but downtown is our central grocery store.
They are putting in new sidewalk the length of the street. A good idea for those of who have to drive here. Tourists just don't seem to grasp the concept of not walking down the middle of the streets. I guess they allow that in Disneyland, so why not here? Before anybody says anything, there are existing sidewalks on every street here already. Tiny, uneven, unpleasant things, but they are there if tourists would like to step up on them and wait for traffic to clear. Maybe it would give them a second to consider their surroundings also and take their thumbs out of their asses for just a minute too.
As a driver, I am a bit concerned about the size of these sidewalks. As you can see from the forms already installed, there is not going to be much room for traffic as it is. And I will bet you anything, anything at all, that once this street is complete, people will park their motoscooters just as before or leave their car in the road while they run a quick errand. I'll let you know.
I guess I understand the need to do this and although I complain about the inconvenience, I do believe it is for the greater good. I just wish that if they were going to work on it, they would work on it. Why tear it all up and then go for days without a construction crew in sight?
TIM at his best.