Monday, August 22, 2011

Eaton Street The Divine

They worked like crazy and did it in a week.

I have no doubt at this point that I was not alone in being sick of hearing how pot-holed Eaton Street was. Well it ain't no more!

Smooth as a billiard table the new street is lovely to ride, as long as you don't deviate down a side street...

I also noticed the old 30mph signs are gone. This is the main artery into Lower Duval (the bar district) and it used to be a nice speedy thirty plus five. Florida law allows for speeders to go five over without a citation. I guess that's gone, but in exchange...

...a smooth street from White to Simonton. There was quite a lot of fussing about how traffic would cope but the paper instead ended up carrying a bunch of anonymous comments from neighbors who loved the after hours pedestrian mall that Eaton became. One day we will see pedestrian only zones embraced in this slow-to-react town.

Even the manhole covers felt smooth. What a difference a layer of extremely expensive asphalt makes!

All good things come to an end and soon enough the black stuff turns gray again at Simonton Street.

We still have the repaving of North Roosevelt to look forward to, a race for time between Florida going bankrupt and the street getting paved.

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