Independent review paid for by developer |

Independent review paid for by developer

Dear Editor,MidFirst Bank of Oklahoma City ran a full page entitled Fiction & Fact. Those against the annexation of Red Feather Ridge say very clearly traffic on Midland, the Sunlight Bridge and up Four Mile is already a problem and will get worse if you add hundreds of car trips per day. Seems pretty straightforward to me. Midfirst Bank’s advertising calls that “fiction!”In “fact,” they say “an independent study conducted under the guidance of the city engineer” determined that the “level of service” wouldn’t change. Sounds official doesn’t it? An inquiry to the city indicates that the city reviewed “the developer’s study as part of the overall presentation.” (Not exactly what I call guidance.) A private company, Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig, from Denver, were paid by the developer to do this “independent study.” Using terms like “independent” but omitting terms like “paid for by” is misleading. Using terms like “level of service” and assuming that citizens will believe that many more houses and cars will not cause more traffic problems on the roads is insulting.Their “fact” states that the “level of service” will not change at any intersection.”Level of service” refers to a range of expected delays experienced by drivers. That means that traffic can increase greatly but until a certain amount of delay is reached, the “level of service” does not change. The real question is, do you really think drivers will be unaffected by the addition of hundreds of car trips per day? Just ignore all those extra cars because your “level of service” is unchanged. Jim HawkinsGlenwood Springs

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