Friday, September 2, 2011
IS THERE ANY COMMON SENSE AT HARTFORD CITY HALL
Sometimes it is amazing that Hartford as a city is able to even survive. Another perfect example happened today, almost at my front door.
Around noon time a work crew showed up at Farmington and Sigourney Street and began blocking off traffic with traffic cones and a couple police officers. It seems that someone decided to begin the "milling" process to resurface the area around Farmington and Sigourney Street. That in and of itself wouldn't be bad, we complain about the condition of our streets so a little traffic upset is necessary to repair them.
A "little traffic upset" turned into grid-lock by about 2:45PM. HPD realized it was a problem and advised the contractor that they needed to be off the street by 3:00PM to comply with their City permit.
Traffic was already a mess by then, very little was moving and from what I am told HPD supervisors began demanding the contractor shut down and open up the intersection. Then the Hartford City Hall brain trust kicked in and decided they new better about the traffic flow than HPD. The contractor was allowed to stay on the street until after 5:00PM, the noise of the horns blowing from aggravated motorists was constant, and fire apparatus and school buses had a difficult time navigating through the area.
I just wonder who makes these decisions and why even bother giving out the permits if they mean nothing. And wouldn't it maybe make sense to mill a busy intersection like that after rush hour? By 7:00PM the street has very little traffic, most people have already fled the City by that time.
Either I'm looking at it wrong or I guess common sense isn't a strong suit in Hartford.