While the roadwork on Lido Boulevard is absolutely necessary and appreciated, the timing this past Tuesday could not have been worse. On the Eve of Yom Kippur, the holiest Jewish holiday, residents observing must get home to eat a last meal prior to beginning a 24-hour fast at sundown. Instead, residents were stuck in gridlock as the construction on Lido Boulevard slowed traffic to a grinding halt. The normal short drive from the Loop Parkway to Long Beach took over an hour, and many commuters were late getting home to start the fast.
This was insensitive and disrespectful to our Jewish community. This roadwork should have been suspended long before the evening commute to ensure no disruption to residents commuting home to observe the holiday. To make matters worse, residents were provided little notice of the planned construction. The only known notification was a social media post and a single road sign stationed inside of Long Beach, with none posted on the Parkways. Our residents deserve better than mere social media posts, especially since many of our residents this affected may not use social media.
Legislator Denise Ford knew about the scheduling at least a week in advance, yet failed to take any action. The scheduling of the roadwork, as well as the lack of notification, displayed apathy to the Jewish residents and the importance of the High Holiday. The residents of the Jewish community in Legislative District 4 deserved better.