Green Avenue repaving

Dear Editor,


The year was 1978 – 39 years ago.  Jimmy Carter was president. A gallon of gas was 63 cents.

No Internet, no iphones, no home computers ! Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Animal House were the box office hits. Disco dancing was the rage and


Yes, in 1978 Pine Lane, (and I do mean lane), was paved – Green Avenue connects Pine Lane to Highway 13 and on to Highway 49, as well as  to downtown and Highway 49 to the south. Green Avenue was paved, its one and only time, in the early 70's.

Since 1978, Green Avenue has not had any extensive resurfacing – merely pot hole repairs and some lane overlays in some of the very worse hills and drainage situations on Mendenhall streets. For 39 years, residents have trans-versed and complained about this pot-hole riddled, bumpy and unsafe road surface on Green Avenue and Pine Lane with no relief. It is fair to say that the deplorable condition of Green Ave and Pine Lane was reviled only by the streets in our State Capital. In spite of these roads, Green Ave and Pine Lane areas have experienced some of the most remarkable residential growth in the City during this years.

During 2016-2017, the road conditions became so bad that residents avoided traveling Green Avenue all together – particularly dangerous was the stretch from Pine Lane to South Main, and especially the steep downhill runs and sharp curves with drainage issues. And, by the way, the west bound lane was 2 to 3 inches higher, adding to your off-road type experience. 

As Pine Lane homeowners and City residents that depend on Pine Lane/Green Avenue each and every day, we are proud and supportive of our City Administration efforts to finally make essential improvements on Green Avenue. We thank Mayor Booth, Superintendent Lewis, and City employees  for their concern and due-diligence in getting the most dangerous areas resurfaced during this past summer 2017. We look forward to even more improvements and residential growth in the years to come.

Yes, it's not 1978 and the Bee Gees might not be the kings of Pop Music, but we're safer and  “Staying Alive” with the help of this City Administration efforts.


David Massey

Steven Ammann


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