Your daily Letter to the Columnist — June 12, 2013
Having traveled the Mill Mountain spur since I moved here, I’ve seen the toll that budget cuts have taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the road, overlooks, etc.
The first bridge you come to after turning off the BRP, to go towards “THE OVERGLORIFIED STAR” from the BRP, the point of asphalt-to-concrete bridge surface is crazy.
The road has settled so much that I pity the folks (10 speeders, motorcycles, all models of anything that has a wheel, and old folks who can’t lift up their foot more than 2 or so inches) as they drive to the unassuming destination to see the “STAR.”
That transition is not marked in any fashion to alert folks to slow down to 1.75 mph to avoid having to replace all four rims(or two). Pissed me off so much going to Roanoke Memorial Hospital to see my friend Mark, that I came up with a plan.
If you drive from THE STAR back towards the BRP, there is a sign alerting you to “bump” in the road. But it is indicating a ripple bump where an old iron mine collapsed 115 years ago. The real problem is that HARD CLIFF at the bridge, which no signs indicate, from both sides.
Here at the Institoots Division of Corrections of Screwed-Up Roanoke Stuff, I have considered dressing in camo or black, and having a driver drop me off to spray paint both approaches in the most visible paint available at night.
I’d like to light that ledge up. I’d have to do a day recon, so if I had to hide, I wouldn’t find myself in a poison ivy patch. I never thought I’d come to this point, but it really is BAD.
Maybe I’ll take some Ambien and go on a night mission all by myself. Maybe Dan Casey will write about it.
Highway Safety Division of Floyd County