- Special Sections
- Public Notices
The Los Alamos Monitor’s blazing headline on Sunday, September 30, “Councilor makes costly motion,” was about three County staffers each spending roughly five hours waiting for an agenda item delayed in a Council meeting.
Actually, most staffers anticipate that possibility and work on something else in an anteroom. The time can be at least partially productive.
A more important story would address how much time we have wasted sitting in traffic on Diamond Drive. Construction took five years, not the planned three. In most of those years, work extended weeks to months beyond what was scheduled. Traffic control plans appeared to have been developed in response to jams, not engineered in advance and then tweaked.
Delays of minutes to tens of minutes at a time, for hundreds to thousands of people a day, for months each year for four to five years (this year was not bad) add up.
Construction is disruptive. Maybe half the delays were unavoidable. But the other half still wasted tens of thousands of citizens’ hours, costly however they are valued. Businesses lost customers. Fuel and brake linings were needlessly converted to pollutants.
If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.
Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.
If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.