Hill-Higgins-Beckwith Roundabout Delayed…Again!

by jhwygirl

It’s been what? 3+ years since approval? Talk about the wheels of government!

This, from Jaffe’s listserve:

In other news we heard today that the Higgins Hill Beckwith project may be delayed until next summer. I can’t tell you how frustrating this is. At this point it is likely that construction cannot start before October and will take up to two months to complete. There is great concern about the potential for opening up our first high traffic round-a-bout for the first time in foul weather. There is also concern about having the detour traffic and opening happen while the U and Paxson are in session. It was hoped all of this would take place during the lower traffic summer months. The most recent round of delays focused around a contract dispute with MDOT about sidewalk maintenance and liability. We also still need to work out the details of right of way acquisition. Apparently there is some rule that doesn’t let you work on that concurrent to the design development. No final decisions have been made but the arguments for delay are pretty strong. If you have some thoughts on this I’m sure our public works department would love to hear them.

Where’s Lou Ann? She’d of gotten this thing done…She’d be in there sqwallin’ at someone (probably MDOT) and hammering out some sort of get ‘er done edict, and, you know what? It’d get done.

I notice, incidentally, that Jaffe seems to be “wishing his life away,” as a friend of mine used to say. He’s got his most recent post dated July 25 instead of June. Hey Bob – summer just started! Let’s not rush it!


  1. petetalbot

    Lots of people are not happy about the delay. An excellent example is this quote taken from the listserve:

    “I am gnashing my teeth and the teeth of many others in the Rose Park Neighborhood Council over the delay of the Hill-Beckwith-Higgins round about. Can we do anything constructive to avert this delay?”

  2. powfinder13

    White people love roundabouts.




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