The mess on I-20 Wednesday further highlighted a serious problem in the Metro Atlanta region – TRANSPORTATION. In a city with a metropolitan population nearing 5 million, there is still no sign of a solution for the growing gridlock.
A series of small problems led to a world-class snafu that backed up morning rush-hour traffic on I-20 for 14 miles Wednesday and had officials up to Gov. Sonny Perdue looking for answers.
As near as some observers could see, road contractors had a lane closed off but weren’t doing any work. The contractors acknowledged that the work had been complete but said that a broken-down cement truck forced them to keep the lane closed.
Then the tow truck didn’t show up. They couldn’t push it for fear the air brakes would fail. And a state Department of Transportation inspector who was supposed to be nearby wasn’t anywhere to be found.
The incident happened in the eastbound lanes between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285, and traffic was back into Douglas County.
The MARTA is sub-par, at best, and traffic is horrendous. The Georgia Department of Transportation is light-years behind the times and refuses to acknowledge its inadequacies.
If you live in Atlanta, work in Atlanta, or just enjoy visiting Atlanta for its unbeatable “value,” then you probably want to remedy the situation – and soon.
So what is the problem? Wherein lies the blame? And how can we fix it?
Is it Governor Perdue’s fault for overseeing the perennial disaster? Should we blame State Transportation Secretary and expert alpaca farmer Harold Linnenkohl? Is it someone else’s doing? Perhaps the people of Atlanta brought this on themselves?
I have heard explanations ranging from nepotism within the GDOT in assigning contracts, to a disconnect between state-level politicians and city planners, to downright apathy.
There are a whole lot of questions, no decent answers, and very few people working toward a better solution. If Atlanta wants to avoid a complete breakdown and offset the looming infrastructure failure, then someone needs to develop a plan that does more than slap a band-aid on a gaping head wound. Someone needs to plan for the future rather than patching up holes on an as-needed basis.
So how about it folks? Surely a great number of you know more about GDOT than me. What are your thoughts?