Thursday, February 7, 2013

Last Straw

And so,our story ends here.It took 11 months to get this response from the Federal HighwayAdministration. There isn't much detail here as to what they actually found when they conducted a review, or what this decision is based upon.In any event, this has been an exhausting, depressing, seemingly-unproductive activity. I am thoroughly- drained of any desire to try and find out any more information.

I can only hope that somewhere –  unseen by me or most other residents –  County officials have been compelled to take a closer look at their policies concerning the right-of-way.The problem is, a closer look has been taken before, and nothing was done to improve the situation. There's a lot of talk, but the action is still missing. County and state have amended laws to provide for equal access to the right-of-way by people with disabilities, but these laws are not being enforced - no matter what the letter copied above tells you.

This is been a depressing and painful experience for me personally.As a person with a disability, following this complaint was a massive undertaking, and I'm not certain that it received the consideration that it deserved. I am exhausted and discouraged. Mrs. been both a physically and emotionally painful experience.I have and continue to feel very alone in this. I have received a lot of advice from a lot of people, some of it good, some of it not so good. I've trying to do the right thing, and I gave it my best shot. Now, I'm done

Time to move on.

I will probably post on this blog at least once more, after I've had some time to reflect on the experience. Trying to sum it all up now would probably make it seem more depressing and futile than it actually was. (Let's hope so). Until then, I'd like to ask you to do one thing for me.

On your walks through Montgomery County right-of-way, please consider it your civic duty to take note of broken infrastructure or obstructions and report them to the County as soon as possible. Whether or not you are aware, this is the only way that broken infrastructure and obstructions become known to County departments.Pedestrians in Montgomery County are depending upon you to do your civic duty and report not just safety concerns, but also access concerns