December 29, 1990

Merchants along the 400 block of W. Cold Spring Lane are upset. Traffic has been rerouted since August, when a thunderstorm damaged a 100-year-old bridge over Stoney Run Creek. Yet little work has been done by the city, which is taking its time shuffling paper before starting reconstruction of the bridge, which could take as long as 10 months.

Antique dealers along Howard Street know exactly why their business colleagues in Roland Park are complaining. Their street is torn up for the construction of a new light-rail line and business is down. In Cockeysville, underpass work is inconveniencing shoppers as well as motorists.

There ought to be a better way. Perhaps local governments should reimburse businesses for lost revenue due to lengthy road closings and detours. That way bureaucrats would have an incentive to get the work done in a hurry.

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