Letter: Improving Loudon Road
Perhaps the problem with the city plan for rehabilitating Loudon Road is that it doesn’t address the real issue related to quick lane-changing and left turns at random places. Nor will it reduce the peak traffic flows.
The plan seems deficient in details about critical things that need to be done if any reconstruction is to work. And no matter what is done, nothing will work until traffic signals are moved to street corners – and at corners where needed/desired pedestrian signals are installed.
Most problems can be overcome by a clearly evident center line divider to prevent or cut down on “left turns” where there are no streets! That can be done without eliminating any existing lanes.
A connection from Interstate 393/202 to the mall is essential.
Finally, the streets that the city says were built to serve as alternates to Loudon Road won’t work to reduce traffic unless they conveniently connect for the folks who otherwise fill Loudon from both ends.