MARCH 24, 1997

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Opinion

Commuter wants answers

traffic flow (Editor's note: A copy of this letter was also sent to Henry Kruger, King County Roads.)
   This is another communication from an angry taxpayer/commuter. The placement of railings on the sides of the Woodinville-Duvall Road, although a valuable safety addition, clearly indicates that you have absolutely no intention of widening or improving the traffic flow on that road, which is the only reasonable access/egress from Duvall.
   We wonder if you are aware that there are nearly 250 occupied new homes in Duvall alone over the past year. And there are fifteen New Project Developments (not just 15 homes) projected for 1996.
   How are you planning to move all those people over a two-lane road twice a day, to and from work, when the average speed during commuter hours is already so slow (sometimes because of heavy truck traffic, but usually because of commuter traffic turning onto and off the main Woodinville-Duvall road)? How are those people who live off the main highway going to be able to access the feeder roads without extensive and prompt revisions of the roadway, namely a third lane going the full length of the road?
   And what is going to be done about the way that "little" Tuck Creek is seriously undermining that road where you put the railings? What about the banks sliding on the sides of the road? What happens when the next deluge comes? How can your department justify the closure of that road, isolating several thousand people? We all know the spring floods are guaranteed to be severe, with that huge snow pack. What then?
   Are your plans sufficiently realistic to account for the upcoming exponential increase in population on the east side of the valley? Do you think the commuting citizenry of the area will tolerate having their ability to get to and from work stopped because of poor planning and painfully slow, "band-aid" work?
   Do you know why projects on the big interstate highways have plenty of money for such frivolous luxuries as sound barriers, entrance traffic control lights, and other such extravangances, while extremely busy and crowded county and state roads such as Highway 522, Highway 203, or the one in question continue to be seriously accident-prone, extremely dangerous routes? Of course, the lure is "federal" money (read taxpayer money going to D.C. for the bureaucrats to take their cut and then magnanimously sending a pittance back to the state). Just like pigs at the trough! We are at a critical, and to repeat, dangerous situation here.
   So we want to know how much improvement can we expect, and when? We feel the County and the State both are obliged to inform the public on these matters, giving us straight answers (since we are the ones who pay for the work). When can we expect to hear from you?

Janice D. Ochoa, Duvall