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Letter To The Editor . . .

Sashabaw troubles

August 15, 2012 - Dear Editor,

Our experience with the Oakland County Road Commission regarding activating the crosswalk on Sashabaw Road at Bowpointe has been a lesson in futility.

The latest response to the publicity of this dangerous situation has resulted in our tax dollars being wasted on a RCOC crew spending hours doing a complete black bagging of a cross walk that once was a perfectly functioning crosswalk. Curiously this was done the day after this made the TV news!

It's amazing that taxpayers started with a functioning crosswalk, went to a shut off crosswalk, then to a "we need permission to activate this crosswalk," and now after two years of talk and promises, we've ended up with a black bagged crosswalk in the area that taxpayers spent millions of dollars to improve. Embarrassing to say the least!

The millions of dollars we spent on the "Sashabaw corridor improvement" isn't at all what taxpayers envisioned when this supposed "pedestrian friendly" corridor was proposed. The results are disappointing.

Our only regret is that we didn't ask the Oakland County Road Commission to do exactly the opposite of what we intended. If we had, the crosswalk would probably be functioning today!

Lori and Michael Powell

Independence Township

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