The city of Portland’s annual Police Department budget was $14.6 million in 2016, while the Public Works Department’s was $15.9 million. But I guess a couple of traffic cones is all that buys, because during rush-hour traffic along the intersections of Park, Deering and Forest avenues, with the traffic signals down after last Monday’s storm, there was nary a warm body to direct traffic safely.

The cars at Deering and Park were forced to improvise through an 11-lane intersection. This unsafe situation resulted from people in a hurry to get home after work, at a time when lots of schoolchildren were walking home from after-school activities.

This would be a basic task for trained city police or Public Works staff, but last Tuesday, somehow, someone decided to just call it a day. Poor!

Will Kessler

Portland