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My turn, Agnes Struzick: Newsome Road one problem in need of immediate attention

By Agnes Struzick

Enough already. Or, as our children and grandchildren would say, “Let it go.”

For years now, we have been hearing about “Fame” while very real problems face this city and its council.

I love the artistry of the statue. No, I do not love the history of what happened here, but it happened. I cannot undo the past. I can only live for today and for the future.

My heart hurts about the past of our country. My heart also hurts about what Attila the Hun may have done to my relatives many years ago, but I cannot undo any of that tragic time either. There is nothing that I can do about our history, except learn from it so that I do not repeat the mistakes of our ancestors.  We will make our own mistakes that may give our great-great-grandchildren cause to shudder.

I am a link in a chain. I can do good. I can promote peace. I can live so as to improve my world as it is today and hope that I may improve our future world.

And I can speak out about a current problem that is affecting many lives in Salisbury. An article in the Post dated May 21, 2014, announced that Newsome Road, which is a very dangerous 20 feet wide, would be widened and repaved.

How many City Councils ago was that? At the time of that article, Newsome Road had 4,000 vehicles per day. Five years later, I wonder what that number would be?

It is a major artery between Stokes Ferry and Bringle Ferry roads, with firetrucks, emergency vehicles, ambulances and police cars daily. And there are school buses, delivery trucks,and the recreational traffic (with or without boats attached) along with pedestrians who walk with grocery bags or are heading to work. There is no place for them to walk safely because there isn’t even a shoulder.

Over the years, many residents of Salisbury have complained about this road.

Just recently, Bill Bridges, in a letter to the editor published May 22, indicated that this might be the worst street in Salisbury. I would agree. Anyone who has to travel this road would agree.

In October, the City Council was to let the contract for this project. It did not happen. Please, for the safety of the people of Salisbury who must use this road, whether in a vehicle or on foot, address this project quickly.

Another election is just around the corner. Must we wait another two years and then another?

We vote on this side of the interstate, too. Listen to our voices.

Agnes Struzick is a Salisbury resident.

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