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Letter: INDOT move on State Street good for everyone

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From: Bob Monroe


After reading INDOT’s response to Columbus’ plans to upgrade the State Street corridor, I felt the need to express my relief and gratitude.

Let me say first of all that I am no great friend of INDOT. Having dealt with it personally and having felt its wrath for disagreeing with its plans, I can tell you there is no greater sinking feeling than having it throw its weight around, threatening the eminent domain trump card, promising to devastate my property value if it doesn’t get its way. Thanks to the intervention of Luke Messer while he was my state representative, my nightmare with it was averted.

So you can begin to understand the irony in my praise for it with regard to State Street. Thank goodness its engineers are thinking clearly and correctly, looking out for the safety of every single person who drives or rides down that street.

Thank goodness we’re not going to be subjected to the gauntlet of bicycle trails and people paths on such a heavily traveled roadway. The street in front of the hospital is bad enough, with everyone wondering when the inevitable will happen and some poor rider will get injured or worse.

Thank goodness the property owners along State Street will not get their property values ruined like those poor people who live along Indiana Avenue in the name of the East Columbus upgrade.

So again, I say thanks

to INDOT for saying a big thanks but no thanks to the city of Columbus for another one of its pet projects that have nothing to do with what the people really want or need.

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