The Edwards Agency

Opinion

Construction trucks have no right to hold up traffic

construction vs. traffic The truck traffic between Woodinville-Duvall Road and 144th Avenue from the construction is becoming an irritant. The traffic flaggers stop traffic at their whim and keep us all waiting as we watch their trucks from Sierra Construction enter and leave the construction site, sending dust and tiny stones, dirtying our vehicles and shattering our window screens.
   The other morning at 7:15 a.m., I was the first in line and asked the flagger why the trucks had precedence over the rest of us in line, and he said, "We got a permit."
   I went down to City Hall and obtained a copy of Permit #ROW 96-0033 for the Teutsch Site, issued to Sierra Construction, Chris Fosetti. It states that there are time restrictions in effect for this site. Traffic may not be stopped between the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
   That means that all the school buses, transit buses, and us, the traveling public, who are held up and made late for school, work, or appointments because of this construction, do not have to suffer this for the next month.
   If you are held up during these times, phone the police, city hall, or Sierra Construction and complain. There is no reason that this traffic should not enter the road as at any other junction, wait for a break in traffic, and then proceed in a safe manner. They do not have the right to hold up traffic in this manner.
   Woodinville is going to see a lot more construction in the near future. Let's start now to make sure that the rules are enforced in a manner that is consistent, safe, and, more importantly, fair.

Linda Jenkins, Woodinville