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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014

Dear Editor,

While there has never been a fatality, accident, or flooding issue on Middle Creek Road, County Commissioner Paul Granberg seems bound and determined to have his way, with a proposal for an 80’ concrete bridge to be erected over Middle Creek, all in the interest of “safety”.

About the only “safety” issue for folks living near Middle Creek right now is the occasional horse or cow that escapes from the pasture for greener grass along the road.

The construction of a bridge will become more of a safety issue for everyone who live in the area. Gravel/cement trucks going to and from will become a noise nuisance and a traffic hazard. Once the bridge is built, it becomes an “attraction” to teenagers and others who have no business there. As soon as motorcyclists find out there is a “fast way” across the creek and a cut through to Hwy.290, residents along Middle Creek will no longer be able to experience the quiet and peace of the area.

Mr. Granberg estimates engineering costs at $69,000 and construction costs upwards of $500,000 AT THE TAXPAYERS’ EXPENSE. At a recent homeowners’ meeting where a “show of hands” clearly reflected a majority AGAINST the bridge, Mr. Granberg apologetically inferred that the project is still going through. Isn’t this decision up to the voters/taxpayers of Blanco County?

It seems to me (and MANY other folks who care about the preserving the natural beauty of Middle Creek), that that amount of money should be used towards flood prone areas like Chimney Valley Road or CR 406 where flooding accidents and fatalities have occurred. Why not build a bridge where it’s needed?

Sincerely,

Tracy & Mark Barr

Blanco, Texas 78606

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