Weatherford Democrat

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October 1, 2012

Letters to the editor, Sunday, Sept. 30

— City needs to do more to ease traffic issues

Dear editor,

Please do something to help Weatherford east-west traffic flow across South Main Street.

Every once in a while someone needs to ask why and question those responsible for traffic flow in this town.

There is a really interesting article in the Aug. 27 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek titled “One Solution At a Time.” The article talks about how “government is a study in dysfunction….nothing gets done”. The article goes on to point out how the folks in some cities and towns are taking the bull by the horns and doing something. The article points out Grapevine, Texas, hired an engineering firm that specializes in traffic flow. They have reduced stops in some areas by 88 percent and wait times by as much as 45 percent. They estimate they are saving the residents of Grapevine as much as $8 million dollars in fuel annually. Someone in city hall might want to give them a call.

If the City of Weatherford would act, they could easily double the traffic flow during rush hour from east to west across three cross streets on South Main — exit on I-20 at South Main, Martin Street and College Park — and save Weatherford residents hundreds of thousands of dollars in wasted fuel and no telling how much time — and I’m not even going to mention pollution or total frustration.

The construction company building this roadway (or maybe the city) should be responsible for fixing the 5 to 15 feet of cross pavement on each of these three streets that has, on occasion, TOTALLY brought cross traffic to its knees. We are not talking I-20 here, we are talking at most 45 feet of pavement that should be maintained on a periodic basis to smooth out the potholes and bumps.

And, please put up a “Stop Here On Red” sign at these intersections. People don’t understand where to stop at these intersections and they routinely stop behind the bumps and potholes/ruts instead of at the actual intersection. When the light changes they creep across the bumps and potholes/ruts and, as a result, only three to four cars cross per light change. If they would just pull up to the actual intersection then six or seven cars could cross at each light change.

And, if it wouldn’t be too much to ask, please fix the huge pothole at the northwest corner of South Main at the Walmart entrance. It would really be easy to make a temporary turn lane here and much improve south bound traffic. Why should we have to own a motor-cross bike or a four wheel drive pickup just to cross South Main? And, why should we just “grin and bare it”? We are only talking a few hours of repairs and very little money versus how much wasted fuel and how much pollution and for how long.

It is beyond me why these cross roads can’t be fixed. Is it like the article in Bloomberg Businessweek says “is it just lazy government dysfunction”? So why can’t these cross streets be fixed, you know, just like people live here and pay taxes.

Chuck Estes

Weatherford

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