Letter to the Editor: I predict a traffic disaster

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

To the Editor:

As a decades-long traveler on Richmond Beach Road, I predict a traffic disaster after the City's revision. Today's flow of traffic is swift and efficient, but in the future twice daily rush hours will be intolerably congested. We'll likely also see back-ups in the "mini rush hours" at lunchtime and after school. Buses will block single thru lanes. Drivers seeking relief will divert to residential streets not intended for heavy traffic. Yes, left turns will be better and the occasional biker might be safer, but the cost of these small improvements will be overwhelming. One need only drive the streets already altered in Shoreline and Seattle to see how flawed this street revision policy really is.

More disturbing is the intransigence of our City Council and City staff. When hundreds of citizens who use this thoroughfare on a daily basis call out "ERROR!" wouldn't it be wise for City leaders to listen?

Our City prides itself as a Green City. Is this a "Green" solution?

Robert Hauck
Shoreline (Richmond Beach)


Renee April 19, 2018 at 7:50 AM  

I totally agree! If it ain't broke, don!t fix it.. and waste thousands of dollars that would be better used elsewhere. What has happened to our city leaders who won!t even listen to us anymore?? Don't turn our beautiful and relaxing Shoreline into another Seattle nightmare.

Anonymous,  April 19, 2018 at 10:16 PM  

As a left turner and a biker, I applaud our leaders for their vision to make RBR safer for all. Let's all just relax and enjoy the ride!

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