Letters to the editor for Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
November 28, 2013
Traffic is far too heavy near Quail Run senior community
I was glad to see an article in the Appeal that the freeway bypass was expected to be completed in 2016, a year ahead of time. But then I was disappointed to see a story the next day that the freeway would not be completed until 2017. Even the date of 2016 is too far out when you consider the very dangerous traffic situation that exists on Fairview Drive and Bobwhite, the entrance to Quail Run senior community. It is a tragedy waiting to happen.
The very heavy traffic volume creates a dangerous situation. The speed limit on Fairview is 35 mph, though many cars travel faster than that. If a car facing east with tires turned slightly to the left waiting to enter Quail Run is rear-ended, it will be pushed directly into the path of two lanes of oncoming traffic that can include trucks pulling two or three trailers. Waiting to turn left out of Quail Run is a dangerous exercise and requires constant judging of traffic in both directions by many older residents who might have diminished eyesight, hearing, or reaction times. Even turning right out of the community is dangerous because of a limited view of oncoming traffic beyond the curve on Fairview. Again, the traffic can include trucks with limited ability to stop in time to avoid cars exiting Quail Run.
Beyond the safety issues, the noise and vibration of such a heavily trafficked street so close to houses is stressful and brings down home values. The bypass should be completed much sooner than two or three years from now.
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