Letter: Main Street failure may be gain for Loudon Road
I had the opportunity to speak at the City Council meeting on July 30. I had but two points to make:
1) In the atmosphere of this “project,” now is the time to consider taking the traffic for Route 9 and 202 off of North Main Street, from Pleasant to Centre, by diverting it onto Green Street or North State Street, and 2) To run a test using Jersey barriers the length of Main Street encompassing this project, with openings and turn lanes.
I have no idea how much vehicular traffic can be diverted by altering the path of 9 and 202, but anything removed from Main Street is a gain. Folks traveling this route can still stop at Main Street businesses if they wish but otherwise they bypass it.
The Jersey barrier test would show that limiting Main Street to one lane in either direction is a disastrous idea. I advised them to have that Regional Tactical Vehicle recently purchased available as it will be needed.
But there is a potential upside to the failure of this Main Street Project. Perhaps the city, and the employees responsible for such planning, will see the disastrous effects and not go ahead with the “Loudon Road Debacle” as it is the fraternal twin to this Main Street project.
DENIS J. O’CONNELL Sr.