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Posted on: April 17, 2017

PW Director Ryan Thompson Finishes Running 162 Miles of City Streets

PW Director Ryan Thompson finishing run of city streets

The following is the text from a prepared speech that Ryan Thompson delivered on April 15, 2017:

"During the last six months, I’ve gone on fifty-one individual runs, totaling 259.51 miles in order to run all 162 miles of city roadway. 
That equals just over five miles of running in order to gain an average of 3.18 city miles per trip.  There are 649 roads in Norwich.  Many of them I ran twice.  All of the short dead-end streets required me to run down to the end and then back to the main road.  Many streets I ran more than once because they were instrumental routes for me to get around the city.  This project became a mental challenge to find the most optimal route to complete the most miles of city streets while not finding myself faced with a seven or eight mile workout.  I learned where the good parking public spots are and how to use the little trails through the parks to cut through from one neighborhood to another.

"I also saw a great deal of stuff out there that needed our attention at Public Works.  Stop signs obscured by street signs, broken and non-functioning catch basins, deteriorated sidewalks and asphalt, brush obscuring sight distance for vehicles, and many other items.  The crews responded to each and every item I brought to their attention and I believe that the city is that much better maintained as a result of my efforts.  I started this project not with grandiose improvements in mind, but rather simple, small, easy to fix, and cheap things that we could do to make an immediate impact on the condition of the city.  I also took note of poor pavement and we’ll continue to work on that.  But one other thing that started to happen while I was running the streets of Norwich is that I began to have some ideas on how we might make some other improvements, also in the same vein of being cost efficient with major impacts to the city.

"I’ve been working with the City Manager, the City Engineer, the City Planner, the Mayor, and some other city officials to piece together some concept plans for things we can do to improve our downtown and the city as a whole.  The plans are still not fully developed and must be vetted through the proper channels, but look for some big announcements coming in the future.  Thanks again for your support and I look forward to continuing to work on these plans and bring them to fruition."

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