In case Tim Lee and other supporters of TSPLOST are still in a daze over why an $8 million ad campaign didn’t win over the unwashed voting masses, here’s a little lesson in political reality: We voters aren’t as stupid as you think.
We have seen how you’ve spent transportation and highway improvement money recently around Cobb County firsthand and it doesn’t make you look smart with our tax dollars. To wit, on Roswell Road, from the 120 Loop eastward, we now have a totally unnecessary, multi-million dollar right turn jug-handle to get on the 120 Loop from Roswell Road. This in spite of the fact that that the left turn under the bridge has worked fine for many years. Plus, we now have very handsome, red brick turning lanes, curbs and retaining walls up and down Roswell Road which are unnecessary as well.
We have almost a mirror image of this kind of useless expenditure on Sandy Plains Road at Sprayberry High School. Same thought process, redo the curbs, put in cute brick turn lanes — same waste of money. Not to be outdone, our highway gurus in government decided to redo the bucolic two-lane Wigley-Jamerson Road. More cute red brick islands and turn lanes and now CURBS and SIDEWALKS the entire length of the road from Sandy Plains to Canton Road at a cost of more millions. The traffic on this road was only moderately busy during rush hour, but new curbs and sidewalks should improve that. What on earth does a country road need with curbs and sidewalks? We have spent millions on a two lane country road to turn it into, are you ready, a two lane country road.
Thanks Tim Lee and all the others in government for showing us hay-seed voters what really can be done when you want to waste money on transportation. We got the message — did you get ours?
Dr. Richard Erickson