Letter: Solution without a cause
If you think the Main Street proposal is bad, just wait until they complete the changes approved for Loudon Road. With an estimated 100 accidents per year (based on more than 20,000 vehicles per day), the city council accepted a proposal from an engineer to implement a turning lane and a bicycle lane by reducing the traveling lanes by two. He said it worked on Manchester Street.
Here’s the problem: The engineer could not identify the causes of the accidents. Yet, his plan is to put in a turning lane.
He offers a solution without identifying a cause, and the council ate it up. We have more than three times the businesses on Loudon Road than Manchester Street, not to mention a large shopping mall, a state business park and at least five housing developments that all feed onto Loudon Road.
Now this council wants to reduce the traffic carrying capacity and add a bike lane? Well, that is understandable since none of the guys who voted that evening live, work or commute from that area.
The one councilwoman who does wasn’t even present.
Where do we get these politicians? Is it that they just want to spend federal dollars? We need people who have common sense and will question so-called expert reports. By the way, those “federal dollars” are our tax dollars as well.