I hate to break the news to all the Flint Expatriates and residents who were gearing up for the drag racing season, but Mayor Don Williamson, in his infinite wisdom, has pulled the plug on his own ridiculous project. At least for now.
Joe Lawlor of The Flint Journal reports:
Plans for a drag strip on Bluff Street have come to a screeching halt.
Mayor Don Williamson on Saturday said it's too late in the season to do any racing on Bluff Street.
"These things take time, and you need to do planning," Williamson said. "We ran out of time, and we ran out of gas."
That means racing on Bluff Street likely won't happen at all, because Kettering University is building a research center there, and Williamson said he's moving forward with plans for a permanent drag strip south of the Flint River at the "Chevy in the Hole" site. The permanent drag strip would be built in the spring, the mayor said.
But don't worry, the mayor has created the perfect venue for illegal street racing — at taxpayer expense:
Resident Tina Morris, who lives near Bluff Street, said she's happy it's not happening.
"That's great news," Morris said. "I'm glad. Now if we can just get (racers) off the street in the middle of the night."
Morris said in some ways it's too late. Racers are using Bluff Street illegally anyway, because now there's a newly paved street that has start and finish lines marked for the racers.
"We need the police to patrol there," Morris said.