Letter: Consider real traffic solutions
October 23, 2014
Summer is over, and we have again survived the constant unacceptable traffic delays into and out of town and the accompanying parking congestion. For years, our elected officials have studied methods of reducing this problem, but nothing has been done despite the spending of hundreds of thousands on studies.
I am no traffic engineer, but it's readily apparent that there is one best solution. That would be to build a new road extending south from the intersection of Cemetery Lane and Highway 82 and then looping through the Marolt Open Space and running east directly into West Main Street. That road would be one-way going into town. The existing Highway 82 from South Seventh Street to Cemetery Lane would then be changed to be one-way-out. This would result in there being at least two lanes into and out of town. In addition, keeping the existing road as a one-way-out would minimize the construction of the new road and bridge into town.
Another benefit is that a parking lot could be constructed in the open area, which combined with bus or shuttle service would enable visitors to park out of the downtown area. This could reduce our congested parking problem.
I urge our city officials to consider this and finally act.
Eric A. Simon
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