Western Boulevard is looking more and more like the dog park, in that it may never happen.
Today the WDT reported the proposed connector road through the heart of the city's west side commercial district may be delayed as skittish lawmakers ponder holding off on the project while they investigate the possibility of state funding, something not available in the past.
The road was partially constructed when the State remodeled the I-81 interchange. That work led to development of long barren land where two hotels and many other stores now stand. Developer Patrick Donegan says the road would allow for more development and last fall Council finally committed after then Council candidate Todd DeMar made an issue out of the delays. It seemed a good time to get Council approval and I pushed it at a meeting and it passed. Previously, two members had opposed the project due to the cost.
Mayor Joe Butler has instructed Council to study up on the issue, but it may well be the loss by Mr. DeMar prevented the advocacy by Mr. Donegan's biggest booster.
Watertown Daily Times | Developer expresses frustration about further delays in Western Boulevard project