Friday, September 07, 2012

My government at work.... the GA DOT asleep

If I had a single dollar for every headline, meeting, public relations release and press briefing by our esteemed "transportation" officials on how they are going to make Georgia 400 "better", (I use that term loosely, it should be gridlock officials) I would be able to pay down the Obama deficit. 

Taxpayers, I know they are  a foreign idea to a government official,  continue to be abandoned by the Georgia DOT in so many ways.  Rail, light rail or trolley might be a serious consideration.  A decade ago they said frontage roads on 400 would be the cat's meow to alleviate congestion.  Not a frontage road in sight yet.  It's ugly out there.

Here is some more waste of taxpayer dollars without somebody doing some actual thinking.

Traffic cameras along Ga. 400 remained on the blink Friday, apparently because of the repeated thefts of copper and fiber-optic wiring that connects the cameras to the state Department of Transportation’s nerve center.
The feeds from a pair of cameras on Ga. 400 at the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs first went dark during the afternoon rush hour on Aug. 27, and when police officers checked on the cameras, “they realized copper and fiber had been stolen from a junction box,” Sandy Springs police Capt. Keith Zgonc said.
Early Thursday, all of the cameras up and down Ga. 400 were out, from Sandy Springs to Alpharetta, and the DOT told the AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB Traffic Center that it was again due to the theft of wiring. The cameras remained off line early Friday.
Efforts by the AJC to contact the DOT for specifics on the latest outages were unsuccessful, but last week, spokesman Mark McKinnon said the agency was “having a real problem with people going out and taking that copper.”
“Having those cameras operable is important,” McKinnon said. “That’s what helps your average motorist get to work every day, that we’re able to see what’s going on out there.”
McKinnon said the thefts are also dangerous to the thieves.
“Someone could get themselves killed doing something like that,” he said.

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