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No Reason Not to Restore Klingle Road
By Marie Nelson, 6-5-02
Last month the Council did the right thing
as demonstrated by an overwhelming 10-3 vote to stop Mendelson and the
Klingle Valley Few. In fact, Council Member Schwartz made it clear to
Mr. Mendelson what a hypocrite he was in trying to strike the language,
when he himself historically has demanded the same as what Ms. Schwartz
introduced. The Klingle Road Feasibility study shows no environmental
reasons not to repair our public road. The road sits below and beside
the valley -- with an abundance of apartment buildings above. Besides
the run-off from these buildings, run-off is even greater in Klingle
Valley now that Woodley Road is resurfaced. No one seemed to have an
environmental problem with these buildings or the Woodley Road project.
In 1988, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that the tiny
Klingle stream along Klingle Road supported one of the more ecological
balanced and natural aquatic faunal communities in the District. So
please, spare me with these silly environmental and cost reasons. The
Council has already stated the money is there. We aren't robbing Peter
to pay Paul for any transportation repairs. As long as Klingle Road is a
road on the Federal Highway System (which it is), it will receive
federal relief. If the Klingle Valley Few really cared about the valley,
they would have demanded that the Mayor clean up the raw sewage that
continues to spill in the valley for the last ten years. Yet the Klingle
Valley Few praise the Mayor and now DDOT Director Mr. Tangherlini who
have yet to fix this problem.
And what of next summer's 10-month project when DDOT begins the
scheduled abatement of 4,000 cubic square feet of lead-contaminated soil
that has soaked into the soil and into the roots of trees and plants
below the Klingle Bridge? They will have to dig down three feet deep
along the side of the roadway. How will we save all the trees and plants
from this project, let alone the ones that continue to absorb lead
contamination? We don't hear from Klingle Valley Few about these
environmentally harmful projects. Please spare me, Mr. Mendelson, Mr.
Tangherlini, Mr. Mayor, and the Klingle Valley Few.