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January 10, 2013

Construction site at square creates some confusion for out-of-town driver


Somerset —

Vaught and I didn’t follow the unlucky driver. We decided to let the drama play out. The deputy seemed completely in charge and stopped the car at the intersection with Maple Street in front of the Commonwealth Journal building.
We don’t know the outcome. Here’s hoping he didn’t write a ticket. It wasn’t the out-of-town driver’s fault.
Really! If we were from out of town and coming around Fountain Square, it might happen to us. Looking at the inside of the circle, one might think orange barrels are the county “bird” of Pulaski County.
That’s not to say the contractor renovating the fountain area is not doing his best. The driving lanes are being kept open as promised and traffic movement for the most part is unhindered.
However, if you haven’t been downtown lately, you’re in for a shock. The county-owned piece of property known as Fountain Square at the moment looks like a bad haircut. It is scraped to bare bones.
The Fountain Square Beautification Project has had lots of publicity. Everyone knows what’s going on. The $1 million project will create a magnificent fountain and amenities that will make Pulaski countians proud. It is scheduled to be complete by midsummer.
It isn’t fair to associate a stone sober, but misdirected driver with what used to be a Saturday night joyride. But the incident revived an uncontrolled reflection.
Back during days when the Somerset Police Department had a scant number of officers; back before cellular phones, video games and flat-screen televisions, a fun time downtown on Saturday night was driving the wrong way around Fountain Square.
Cowboys and cowgirls loved to do it. Often, they’d blow their car’s horn for attention. Before a cop could make a stop, a second inverted circle was made and the offender, waving to amused spectators, was long gone.

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