The final touch

Elevated walkway would protect people center was meant to serve

It’s doubtful the local woman who was rather seriously injured recently trying to cross the street near the new Augusta Convention Center would’ve used the planned elevated walkway from the parking garage.

But her accident is a cautionary tale for the city.

We will only have increasing numbers of pedestrians crossing Reynolds Street to attend events at the center. Many will be from out of town. It’s incumbent on us to protect them.

Especially from a known hazard.

Not to mention the fact that convention and event-goers will want to be protected from the weather. It’s expected, standard operating procedure where possible, and absolutely the right thing to do.

The Augusta Commission even agreed to it last August. But the elected body has yet to approve the funds for it, about $900,000. The commission last voted on it in January, when members deadlocked 4-4 on a motion to deny the funding.

“There does seem to be a continuing interest among some commissioners,” city Administrator Fred Russell told us Friday.

We would think the interest would be much stronger than it appears.

Why we would spend so much time, money and controversy on the convention center and then fail to put the last touch on it is beyond us.

Nor does this have anything to do with the convention center itself; we realize that controversy involves principals of this newspaper, and we’ve kept out of it. The proposed and agreed-to enclosed, elevated walkway is for the benefit of the city’s guests.

And for their protection.

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