There are differing opinions on how governments should be run, who should run them and how much responsibility they should have in our day-to-day lives. Those differences in opinion are often linked to political party affiliation or personal experience, and they can either divide us as a people or bring us together in compromise to make the world a better place.
That being said, one thing most everyone can agree with regarding the role of government is transparency. We want to know what people in Washington are doing with our tax dollars, or who a town council is considering for town manager or what the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is planning to do to our roads, and what time of year they plan on doing it — particularly in our area.
One gripe we hear from many of our readers is that things get passed or voted on before people have a chance to voice their opinion. The truth of the matter is that the opportunity is nearly always afforded by every level of government to citizens in the form of hearings, but either we do not do a good enough job here of telling people about those hearings, the powers-that-be do not do a good enough job informing people (or us) or things sometimes just don’t get read or noticed.
With all that being said, it seems that DelDOT is going the extra mile in getting word out to people following their controversy last year surrounding the proposed Route 113 bypass project.
They sent out notice that there will be a public workshop on Monday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the DelDOT South District Administration Building in Georgetown. The workshop will focus on updating citizens on the status of proposed improvements south of Georgetown, specifically related to addressing safety at two median crossovers along Route 113 — on Route 113 at Almshouse Road/Speedway Road, and on Route 113 at Wood Branch Road/Kruger Road.
“This is an opportunity for us to show the public conceptual drawings and for them to come and give their opinions and feedback — good, bad or otherwise,” said Jason Lang, a spokesman for DelDOT.
We’re fans of this philosophy and hope that people who have concerns regarding that area of Route 113 show up for the workshop, either to voice an opinion or just get an idea as to what might be heading that way. An informed public is often an involved public, and that benefits us all.