Monday, April 22, 2013
I would like to commend the Walla Walla City Council on its decision to repair Rose Street. It is long overdue.
But what is this about three lanes (left-turn lane)? Where did that come from? Are there really that many people who want to turn left off Rose Street. Most of the side roads are small residential streets, and the others have traffic lights (except 13th Avenue).
Wouldn’t the center lane work for left turns, as it has in the past?
I believe this idea is driven by a vocal minority wanting another bike path. As pointed out in a previous letter, a bike/pedestrian path already exists on the north side of the street.
Funding for this road comes from automobile license fees as well as fuel taxes. Motor vehicle use should be the main concern. Check with the taxpaying citizens of Walla Walla, then make a final decision.
Tree removal. These sycamore trees appear to be 70-plus years old. Suddenly they are a traffic hazard. Really? Have we had a large number of accidents on Rose Street caused by lack of visibility from these trees?
Trees are what help to make Walla Walla beautiful. Again, most of the these streets on the north side are low population residential streets. How much traffic do they generate?
Repave Rose Street, forget about the turn lane and keep the trees!