I was on Hwy 280 driving towards Birmingham near Lloyd’s…
I’m still on Hwy 280 near Home Depot…
Creeping down Hwy 280 across from Riverview Animal Clinic…
I’m thinking, “Why in heck am I still in my car? I may never get back to the office.”
As luck would have it, I was returning to write my usual ComebackTown blog on how our fragmented and dysfunctional government is killing us.
And there’s not a better example than Hwy 280.
Have you ever wondered after years of trying, why we’re unable to solve this unending problem?
In fact our latest and greatest plan is improved traffic light sequencing.
So why can’t we make a decision? After all, our State has announced numerous plans—including an elevated highway.
It’s our usual inability to come together as a community to develop a common solution. Sound familiar?
Hwy 280 impacts five municipalities and two counties
- Vestavia Hills
- Jefferson County
- Shelby County
Each wants something different.
Who’s right and who’s wrong?
It depends on what we are trying to accomplish.
Are we looking for speed and efficiency; are we looking to create traffic for the merchants along the highway; or are we looking at the aesthetics?
Even our State has a different objective than many of the mayors.
As John Cooper, Director of ALDOT, said in a recent speech to Leadership Birmingham, “ALDOT’s goal is to move people through. Mayors want to move people on, off, and around.”
Almost every issue in our region revolves around too many government entities looking out for their own interests.
Do I blame them? No, but as usual, no one has the authority or the foresight to do what is best for our region.
David Sher’s goal is to create a conversation on how to fix our fragmented and dysfunctional local government.
David Sher is a partner in Buzz12 Relationship Marketing and co-CEO of AmSher Receivables Management. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (ONB), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).