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11/22/2013 8:55:00 AM
LETTER: Council needs to first fix the streets

I was not surprised by the article on the front page stating that our elected leaders have decided to continue to waste our limited tax dollars on a new exit ramp at Rivera Dr.  

I did not vote for any of the incumbents for fear this waste of money was still on the agenda.  Your article says that the present exit has had many accidents.  How does the number of accidents compare to the other exits for Blythe on a car usage average? Who owns the land and who will make a handsome profit when the state buys it?

Several I-10 exits in the Coachella Valley have been redone or are presently under construction.  Do any of the cities they serve help pay for the construction?   I thought the interstate system was federal and state funded; why is the city of Blythe spending its limited money?

As I drive around Blythe I note that ourstreets are in the worst condition I have seen them in the 18 years I have lived here!  I think our streets need the repair and our cars need the relief more than we need a new exit at Riviera Dr.

Do not get me wrong I have wondered for years why there was not a Visitor Center right here where visitors enter the state.  I think that it should be built at US 95 or 7th Street Exits.  There is plenty of empty land there and this way the visitors would be closer to the city attractions and really be off the interstate.  As my wife and I have traveled this country I remember the most the visitor centers that caused me to get fully off of the interstate highway and be at the edge of the nearest town.

Thinking of road usages; what are those 2 or 3 large trucks doing heading south on Lovekin several afternoon a week about 2:30 PM?  The bottoms of the trucks have shoots on them and a white powder is blowing off of them.  Has the mine up Lovekin between the mountains been reopened?  Those trucks cause extra wear and tear on Lovekin and they drive past 3 of our schools.  Why are they not directed to use the county roads and enter the interstate at Neighbors Blvd.?

Finally, if we want to attract visitors to our city then old empty buildings in the downtown area need to be condemned and removed.  City leaders what is being done about these eyesores?

I pray for more sensible use of our limited taxes since the State of CA seems to want to keep more and more of it as if they have more wisdom on how to spend it wisely.

 ~ Rick Bradley, Blythe

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013
Article comment by: @ Lets get it straight

You sound like a certain councilman who is continually spewing that money has to be spent in connection with the freeway. Isn't it true that money could have been used on major arterial streets too, like Hobsonway, Lovekin , 7th Street, etc.. Sounds like you should get your facts straight and stop lying to the citizens of Blythe. Not too many people knew the city has been saving that money for some time now. You got reelected so stop your campaign rhetoric.

Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Article comment by: re: 7th Street

In reference to 7th Street, one ought to check out the pot holes between Hobsonway and 14th. Nice "welcome to Blythe". Pot holes 2+ inches deep and up to a foot in diameter and "numerous". Shameful and very bad for tires.

Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Article comment by: Jacque Vidaurri

I get it that councilmen have a farmer friend who owns unproductive land and wants to trade it for city owned productive land and that the city has funding to move the offramp. You have it in your power to do this favor, OK.
What I do not understand is why haven't we done anything to develop existing convenient off ramps, specifically 7th Street? Years back I heard that it was because of flooding issues with that intersection. I've been here 60 years and maybe five times I've know the intersection to have standing water during a severe rainstorm, which may have been a day or two at the most. We drive through standing water on all of our streets and intersections during our rainstorms, all one or two annually! I've never known the water to rise above the roadway and cover the adjacent lands. The abandoned gas station at 7th Street has never had flooding issues.

Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Does this town need another off-ramp? And off-ramp to empty building, to bad roads. So I can see if you do an off-ramp you sure need an on-ramp, for these people to right back the freeway and fast out of town. The same as the train tracks to nowhere, that they want to build here in California.

These people spent this money because they had it. Not because it was needed to be spent. This got me thinking about someone making money on the land. So what we have here if played right a money maker. Once you complete the on-off ramp, they do the sales pitch to a big company. Selling the idea of the ease of the freeway access for their business. Then selling the land next to the ramps. So they all come out ahead because land next this project will be of high-value. So they all make money

So I wonder who are these people are? Are they buying the land next to these new ramps, in secret. So what, or is it illegal to use state money to gain profit like inside trading? But don't try to sell it with a lie about those off-on ramps being dangerous. In the last 40 years since the freeway was built how many accidents have happen there?

Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013
Article comment by: Lets get it straight

The money being used to move the offramp and for making plans for the welcome center did not come out of the general fund. It is measure A money that had been appropriated years ago for a freeway component on defrain boulevard. Which means it could not be used for repaving roads and could only be used for something connected to the freeway. The welcome center plans are being done so that it is shovel ready if and only if some grant money or something of that nature can be found to build it. The city has and is in the process of doing many things to improve quechan park and try to make that area more attractive to businesses. What business in their right mind would build there with the off ramp where it is currently located? Seems that a lot of facts have been left out by those telling you how bad all this is. Makes you wonder if those spweing these half truths are really that unimformed and should be on our city council? Some people really should get all the facts before jumping on their soapbox.

Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013
Article comment by: just me

have to disagree ..I know for a fact there has never been not one accident at that off ramp....If you doubt my word go ask the station manager....

Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013
Article comment by: Buster Webb

You hit the nail on the head. Council needs to use some common sense, FIX OUR STREETS FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013
Article comment by: ahh bradley

you have just touched on the tip of the iceberg, I think you make valid points, maybe the city fathers can comment and clear it up.

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