You can always go…

TM -- October 16th, 2006

Since I spend a lot of time there, I’m always interested in what’s going on in downtown Harrisonburg. About a month ago I was downtown and noticed that the walkway between Finnegan’s Cove and the old Spanky’s had been reopened. As you read here on hburgnews.com, it was discussed at HDR’s meeting at the end of August that depending on the engineer’s assessment, the walkway may be open during reconstruction. I assumed this was the case. When asked about it by hburgnews.com, Miriam Dickler from the city office said that the reopening was “done without city authorization or by any city employees. She added that the walkway is still unsafe and that “whoever opened it was breaking the law.” The walkway was again closed down.

On this past Friday night, the bridge was covered in orange as I went to Dave’s Taverna. As I left around 10:30pm, the walkway had been reopened. I haven’t been paying enough attention as to whether it is a nightly or even a weekly occurance, but it didn’t have the appearance of vandalism either time, in that the blockage had been partially and neatly set aside rather than strewn about.

In other downtown news, believe it or not, there is one less traffic light in Harrisonburg. The light at Bruce St. and Main St. has been replaced by a pair of stop signs on Bruce St. allowing 11N traffic to flow freely past the intersection.

-TM

5 Responses to “You can always go…”

  1. Daytonres says:

    Not sure about the walkway, but I can tell you that the traffic light is coming back. I think I saw something about the light being hit by a car and that the stop signs are in place until the erect the lights again.
    I certainly hope that the walkway thing is civil disobedience at its best. Great that the walkway would be re-opened in a non-vandal kind of way each evening by some unknown law breaker that knows no one is going to fall into Black’s Run by walking through there. Ms. Dickler should consider posting the SS at the site. Sheeesh.

  2. finnegan says:

    I’ve gotta say, I like the sidewalk being mysteriously opened as well. Straight shot from the garage to Court Square.

    I think the city has to CTA just in case something happens. I’m sure you’re just joking around with Miriam, but it wasn’t Miriam that closed the sidewalk. The way I understand it, the prolonged closure is really more in Randall See’s court.

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