Cape Cod Railtrail work has not begun

Two weeks after the state bureaucracy scared away Cape Cod's "Shoulder Season" bikers the work scheduled for September has not been started by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation


Fred, the Delicious Dennis Dog man, waits in vain for the "Shoulder Season" bikers who usually scarf his Chili Dogs on these crisp, Autumn days at his Route 134, Dennis dog stand. The start of the C.C. Rail Trail is over his left shoulder.

EXCLUSIVE for cctoday
By Walter Brooks

As reported here on August 17 and in all other local media a week later, the Cape Cod Rail Trail was to be shut down on September 12 for eight months for repairs to the road surface.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced it would be closing the Cape Cod Rail Trail from Route 134 in Dennis to Millstone Road in Brewster for repairs and rehabilitation from September 12 through mid-June 2006.

Announcement caused bike shops to cancel rentals, close early

The bureaucratic absurdity of closing down a major Cape Cod activity before Columbus Day, the traditional end of our Fall or "Shoulder Season", was bad enough, but the DCR implied that they would be working on the entire stretch from Route 134 in Dennis to Millstone Road (near Route 6A) in East Brewster while in fact they would be working on short pieces of it at various times, and most of the trail would still be available to bikers.


Two weeks after the repair work was to begin,an occasional biker starts on the 20 mile long trek.

The only work the DRC contractor had done was to spray paint a few Xs on the Railtrail parking lot.

Rep. Cleon Turner, whose district includes the area scheduled for repairs this winter, said Thursday that he has contacted the Department of Conservation and Recreation with his concerns and is awaiting a definitive response. "I'm anxious for the work to start sooner rather than later so it doesn't get stalled in the winter months and require a potential closing into the spring."

One Dennis bike shop canceled hundreds of rentals, all of which was not necessary if the DCR had told the public that the work was delayed or that they were closing small parts of it at a time.

Inertia, indifference and drift

Tax-payers are continually reminded of the total indifference the state bureaucracy has toward them and our business community. Time after time town officials here plead with Boston to "think" and ask questions before they act, but to little no avail.

The recent closing of half the lanes of both our escape routes over the Cape Cod Canal at the very height of the hurricane season is another recent example of the inertia, indifference and drift which is our state departments.

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