Officials are ignoring less costly bridge alternatives
I was about to write this letter after reading the report of the Maryland Department of Transportation representative and the meeting about it with our Board of County Commissioners, when I also saw the Oct. 27 letter to the editor from Mrs. Chenoweth raising the issue of an alternate Patuxent River crossing, which I have apparently been the only person to raise the possibility for consideration.
Mrs. Chenoweth’s letter speaks for itself and I will not contribute more to it.
The report from the state MDOT and the silence from the BOCC indicates to me that for some reason, neither organization seems to care about spending an additional $250-$300 million (their numbers reported) Maryland taxpayer dollars to build another Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge instead of at least considering the possibility proposed in my letter.
I will reiterate that given cost growth, and what seems a lack of concern from both local and state representatives about spending those sums without even considering a study to do a cost benefit analysis and look at any alternatives, confirms what seems to be an ignorance of spending our tax dollars. I will reiterate that I see this not simply as a taxpayer, but that I am also a registered professional (civil) engineer with PE credentials in Florida and federally (the U.S. government).
I have been asked why I have not presented this concept to the BOCC or others. I think given the exchange reported in The Calvert Recorder’s Oct. 27 article answers that question. There was a time when the BOCC of this county seemed to examine every penny spent on projects. When did that end?
Aurelio Azpiazu, Port Republic