Baltimore — pave it to save it
In response to Colin Campbell’s most recent article on road construction in Baltimore (“Downtown road work, detours galore driving commuters crazy,” Sept. 24), I can only echo and amplify his sentiments that it is nearly an untenable proposition to drive from place to place in Baltimore in a timely, safe fashion.
I recently participated in a charity motorcycle ride to benefit prostate cancer research involving 40 motorcycle enthusiasts riding to various tourist destinations in the city including Fells Point, the Inner Harbor, Washington Monument, Camden Yards, The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens and others. Fortunately, we all survived the 30-mile trip on public roads unscathed, but only due to extreme skill and diligence and a high consciousness for safety of ourselves and the riders around us. Baltimore’s streets are in a disgraceful state of disrepair including potholes, ancient trolley tracks that serve no purpose, cobblestones that have been haphazardly repaired or left fallow, manhole covers that are either worn smooth and sunken four inches below grade or raised six inches above it, bridge expansion joints wide enough to lose a tire in, broken chunks of concrete, huge metal plates above construction excavations left six inches above surface grade — the list goes on and on.
I challenge the city leadership to give up their comfortable, highly padded and soundproofed SUVs for a day and trade them for a more pedestrian mode of transport like a motorcycle or small sedan and try traversing the city as we did. I guarantee their feelings about accelerating road resurfacing projects would change dramatically.