Traverse City Record-Eagle

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August 25, 2013

Editorial: Don't forget failure to fix

People don’t often gush about new pavement, but then most of us are never faced with the nightmare that was Holiday Road.

For 20 years or more, Holiday Road, a main east-side artery that was the only way in and out of subdivisions and apartment complexes for hundreds of East Bay and Acme Township residents, was widely known as the worst road in Grand Traverse County.

If it wasn’t the worst, it was certainly the worst of any road with that much traffic.

Now, after a $1.3 million repaving and reconstruction project mostly funded by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, using federal Bureau of Indian Affairs dollars, everything has changed.

But it has to be remembered — and said — that if it hadn’t been for the Band’s intervention. Holiday would still be a mess. Local and state government officials — and local residents who turned down a millage request that would have done the work — would still be wondering what to do.

Holiday was a failure on a lot of levels — the county Road Commission’s 20-plus years of inaction, the failure of two township governments to find a way to fix it and the refusal of property owners to invest in their own infrastructure.

Thank the Band and thank the feds; but don’t forget the prologue.

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