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Old 05-18-2012, 09:19 AM
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"...The proposed project will widen Scholls Ferry Road to five lanes, which will consist of two travel lanes in each direction with a continuous center turn lane. This will reduce traffic congestion from the intersection of Teal Boulevard west through Roy Rogers Road. Additional improvements include sidewalks, bike lanes, street lighting and improved sight distance at the intersections." Washington County


Yes...definitely...a pig in a poke. The additional improvements: "...sidewalks, bike lanes, street lighting and improved sight distance at the intersections." is the only really positive, constructive part of this project.

I've ridden this stretch of road many times over a period of many years, and will say definitely: Roadway in this area, enabling a greater volume of motor vehicle traffic to travel the road at consistently high speeds is a dubious achievement. The land in this area...still countryside just over the hill seen in the pictures, has become very noisy due to increases in motor vehicle traffic over the last 10...maybe 15 years. The two lane configuration kind of helps slow motor vehicle traffic down when volume of said vehicles beccomes heavy.

True, for bike travel, the shoulder of the road from Murray, climbing the hill towards Roy Rodgers has always been insufficient, but I'm not sure the addition of bike lanes is worth the tradeoff of heavier, faster motor vehicle traffic. This is livability degradation.
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