Why is it okay for people to park next to a yellow curb some places and not others? I have reported one of those places, but it hasn’t changed anything. Each day I pull up to the intersection of Seventh Street and Washington Street and invariably someone has purposely parked their vehicle next to the yellow curb in front of Toro Loco. That makes it impossible to see what is coming southbound on Washington Street, so you have to ease out into the intersection and hope no one is coming fast. Of course I guess that’s better than all of those cars that park in the Daily Times private parking lot to go to the same place at lunch time.
Another place is on the university (east) side of the Portsmouth City Building. I have to make a stop at that building each day, and nearly every day there is a vehicle parked right next to the yellow curb.
On the west side of the Portsmouth City Building, there are always several vehicles parked next to the yellow curb, but they are always city-owned, so I guess the situation is not as dangerous if the vehicle is owned by the city.
Not a week passes that someone doesn’t mention the lane shift on Gay Street to me, but I have good news where that highly dangerous place is. The city is expected to install lane shift markers some time this year and as far as I’m concerned that can’t happen anytime too soon. I hold my breath every time I shift over. I believe we also should invest in a “Lane Shift” sign ahead of that area.
I’m not going to touch on the really badly-timed traffic lights again. I have done that multiple times and nothing has been done, so I guess there is just a desire to stop traffic flow, though for the life of me, I don’t know why that would be desirable.
Now, something positive. This past winter, the streets were kept in relatively good condition, the finishing touches on the hilltop construction site was done really well and the streets are in great shape. The paving of U.S. 52 is coming, and even the city’s finances are looking up – especially with no lost hours and the outstanding work being done by the City Health Department clinic for city employees.
The joint efforts of City Manager Derek Allen and Jasaon Kester and the Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) and their work in development, have at least given us a light at the end of the tunnel and right now I consider that a positive sign.
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