Two views on the roadwork in the Westmore Oaks neighborhood of West Sacramento (the News-Ledger’s article on the project can be seen here.)
‘Thanks for roadwork’ (from the ‘Letters to the Editor’ in the News-Ledger, Sept. 5)
We live in the Westmore Oaks area of West Sacramento. Many of our sidewalks and gutters are being replaced for the city to be brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (see News-Ledger Aug. 29). We so appreciate this large undertaking as many of the areas sidewalks and gutter crossings have become hazards for those relying upon wheelchairs or support walkers to negotiate while they are out-and-about.
The raised portions of sidewalks caused by encroaching tree roots also have become a dangerous obstacle for those of us walking, jogging or taking our pets out for their much-needed exercise. Plus many of the gutters have low-lying portions where water accumulates leaving stagnant water, a natural breeding ground for mosquitoes.
We would like to personally thank and applaud Bill Panos, the head of the PWD of our city, as well as his entire staff, for this project’s scheduling and guidance. We also extend our appreciation to the contractors and workmen for this important undertaking. We found them to be professional, accommodating, and most courteous during the entire process.
SHARON & JOHN CURTIS
‘Bad timing’ (from the ‘Letters to the Editor’ in the News-Ledger, Sept. 12, 2012)
While our neighborhood roadways, sidewalks and curbs could definitely use a face lift, the city should have started the project on the streets closest to Westmore Oaks long before school started.
The first few weeks of school have been utter chaos with the mix of cars, kids walking to school, construction equipment, ditches in the roadways, cones everywhere and piles of asphalt just dumped in the road. The safety of the kids walking to school was compromised as they had to walk in the street to avoid all of the ditches and closed off sidewalks and it only put their lives in danger.
I saw several near misses with regards to cars almost hitting kids. In my opinion (and many WMO parents agree with me), it was irresponsible for the city to plan this construction with school in session. They could have easily started the project at the beginning of summer break and it would have been completed well enough in advance prior to the start of school.
It’s a shame that the City of West Sacramento put our children’s lives in danger because of their lack of proper planning.
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