Northwest NEWS

May 1, 2000

Editorial

Dump trucks need to make some adjustments to their schedules

   Am I alone in my frustration/anger over the slow traffic in the mornings heading west out of Duvall?

   The biggest problem appears to be the dump trucks. When they pass the light at West Snoqualmie Road and travel up the hill, their top speed never reaches beyond 20-25 miles an hour in this, a 40-mile-an-hour zone, causing a long backup of cars behind them.

   We were informed and warned months in advance of the disruption the new bridge construction would cause, and most made adjustments to the routes and times of travel getting to and from work, but we were certainly not aware of the delays that would be caused by dump truck traffic.

   Yes, they have a job to do, and yes, they have a right to use the roadways, but the residents and visitors of Duvall have had to make travel changes, so I don't think it's out of line to suggest that the dump trucks make some adjustments, also. For instance, not being able to use that route from, say, 7 to 9 in the mornings to allow the majority of the travelers to reach their destinations in a timely manner.

   Does anyone know of a local or state agency that we can appeal to for action concerning this problem?

JoLynn Kruse, Duvall