Weatherford Democrat

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July 24, 2013

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Spend money on life, not lawyers

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I am of course talking about the attack on U.S. Highway 180 and now FM Road 113.

This road surface, with its 11 decibel increase in road noise over standard hot top, can only be characterized as an attack. The physical toll on all drivers and passengers is not only repetitive day in and day out, it is most assuredly cumulative. The abhorrent and cumulative effect on blood pressure and nerves is bad.

It is bad in the morning.

It is bad in the evening.

It is twice as bad if you must make two trips per day.

Every driver I have been a passenger with has gripped the wheel with two hands upon hitting this surface. Normally that would be a good thing. However it is the spine-jarring nature of the tortuous drive that causes the grip.

Any other entity causing tension and stress, due to the decibels and vibrations, like you have would have already been brought before courts, EPA, OSHA and the court of public opinion.

If you were running this experiment on animals PETA would have shut you down.

I believe this to be a state-sanctioned criminal act.

Any road surface creating this much noise and vibration has got to drastically cut mileage, reduce tire life and cause premature suspension failure. Living on this road will hinder my home’s property value – will you send each of us $20,000.

You have taken value without “just compensation.” Forget, trying to sell a house for seven years until the road is just 6 or 7 decibels above a standard hot top.

Two out of 10 scientists will argue against manmade global warming. You will not find any physicians that will tell you 20 minutes of stress accompanied by loud noise twice or four times a day is good for the soul.

I must pause and ask. If this is a good fix, why have you not used it on “the high five” in Dallas or the new road to Cleburne?

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