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3/29/2009 7:21:00 PM
Some Things Are Obscure
Road construction on East State Road 44 is creating traffic problems in certain areas of Shelbyville.

Residents of Wellington Heights appear to have legitimate complaints about the hellacious increase in traffic in their neighborhood and the behavior of motorists who are using these normally quiet city streets as a detour.

Some Wellington citizens are erecting their own traffic signs in an attempt to control the increased traffic in their neighborhood.

For those of you who missed the story titled, "Neighbors mad at motorists" in the Friday, March 27, 2009 edition of The Shelbyville News, you can read it here

It's worth taking a few minutes to read the article. There are lots of quotes.

Quotes from residents. Quotes from the mayor.

Quotes about INDOT.

Quotes about chaos.

The newspaper article is well-written, entertaining and informative.

For example, I learned that Nostradamus predicted all of the horrendous chaos that is now occurring on the city's east side.

Okay, I'm exaggerating.

However, after reading the story, I'm not clear about the city's position on the local traffic issue. Or, if the city even has a position on the traffic issue. Apparently, there's "not much the city can do" since the East State Road 44 construction is a project of the Indiana Department of Transportation. Does that mean the mayor won't be able to take credit for the improvements when the project is completed?

Those things are obscure.

As obscure as some of the little-known, unimportant, actual American holidays being celebrated during the waning days of March.

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2009
Article comment by: Kathy Kelley's Remarks

Yeah, Kathy. It kind of reminds me of that old movie Escape From New York. Except it should be Don't Even Try to Escape From Shelbyville because there is no easy way to do it.

Interesting we haven't heard of all of these Knauf layoffs you mentioned in our Local Daily Comicbook (Shelbyville News).

Interesting all of the articles they have been publishing about the casino sound as if they have been written by paid professional public relations companies.

Shelbyville News. Don't you realize that a lot of people in this city and county absolutely HATE the idea of this sleezecino being here!?
All that was ever voted on locally to be here was a small horse track.

Maybe your circulation is headed towards about 2,000 now so you're trying to sell new subscriptions to everyone who works out there at the Sleezecino in those part-time jobs with no benefits.

And Francis, baby, you're a good skinny horse lovin'guy. But you're out to lunch on this one. Blaming the parents and kids for the horrible traffic mess out in the Wellington area is pretty much missing the point.

Move your skinny horsies into town and see how much fun we're all having here.

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2009
Article comment by: kathy Kelley

God Forbid, I hadn't heard about the railroad. You can't get down Morris avenue Because Furgie has that one tore up. You can't get down 44. Or 9. And a Christian can't even drive by that Interstate. Then did anyone think they are closing 400 north to fix it this year? And you can't drive to Franklin either. We are kind of IN A Massive MESS in Shelbyville this year. Bet the mayor breaks his arm patting himself on the back for all this. Let see, he gave Knauf all those tax abatements and I hear they have 30 hourly workers at the present. EVERY one else is laid off. He had better stop handing out our tax money. They dropped from about 300 workers to 30 duh!

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2009
Article comment by: Francis Robinson

A couple of things have gotten lost in this whole situation. Let me say first that I do sympathize with the folks there that must live with the excess traffic in a residential neighborhood. Having said that... Why is someone whining that they must come to a complete stop at the end of their drive? Indiana law requires a complete stop where a private drive intersects with a public roadway...
Now, the bigger can of worms. Why are these children being allowed to play in the public streets? Where are the parents minds? Were they taught nothing as children themselves? My 4 children grew up out in the country but they were NEVER allowed to play in the roadway. They were taught that the yard was for kids and the road was for cars. I recall visiting friends on Berkeley Drive in Shelbyville at a time years ago when it got so bad the children were blocking the street and stopping cars, at times even laying down in the street and the parents sitting outside laughing about it... You have to have a permit to build a house and a license to drive a car. Maybe you should need a permit to have children. Something is very very wrong with this permitted playing in the street mindset...

Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009
Article comment by: Lonesome George

It would seem to me with all of the well-connected Republicans running this town that SOMEONE local could exercise some assertivenes with the INDOT and and get them to quit running this project like so many bulls in a china shop.

I feel sorry for those folks in Wellington. Can you imagine what it is going to be like on the entire east side of town when they close down the railroad crossing this summer?

Mr. Mayor, please do your job and represent the best interests of the Shelbyville people.

Maybe the mayor needs to make a call and get Justin Timberlake to come here and straighten things out.

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