Letter: South Midland Avenue work must be done
Dear City Council members and Robin Millyard, director of Public Works:
I read with interest the recent article in the Post Independent about the desire — and the possible inability — to work on South Midland Avenue. (March 14).
I have lived directly on South Midland Avenue for about four and a half years now. In that time, I have seen traffic increase about two-fold, maybe even more. I tend to call it “the highway” without putting much thought into those words when they come out; this I think, because there is so much consistent traffic on South Midland now with large trucks, commercial trucks headed up to Sunlight Mountain Resort, and Sopris Elementary, not to mention the dump site near the airport — that it sounds and looks like a highway.
Now we are looking at a possible housing development that might put 400-plus homes up Four Mile Road, a road already full of cars, and possibly a haul route for oil and gas trucks.
Add to this equation the fact that most cars do not travel at 25 mph – I’m guesstimating it’s more around 40 mph on average. In the summer, there are numerous motorcycles traveling on Midland at about 50 mph. This is a residential neighborhood, heavily used, and a school route.
We need to control the speed and the usage of this road. This is no longer a luxury nor should it be viewed as a project that the city will get around to, eventually. There are less expensive alternatives than asking straight up for funding for South Bridge from the voters.
I suggest that the city put in traffic calming speed bumps, as it did on North Midland, as well as additional islands, trees, sidewalks, cross walks — all that fall in line with a residential area. I know that the city has on its slate a roundabout; I’m not sure whether you have the funding or not, but although it makes sense to put one at Midland and Sopris, it does little to slow down the traffic. Speed bumps would do that as well as (hopefully) reduce the weight and type of commercial large trucks that use Midland Avenue.
Surely, with South Bridge simply a pipe dream, the city can garner enough money to make this happen. If not, yes, let’s bring it to the voters.
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