Northwest NEWS

May 1, 2000

Editorial

Billboards on SR-522 are a danger and blight

   Alongside SR-522 near Paradise Lake Road, almost precisely where a truck crossed the center line and collided head-on with my wife six years ago, sending her to Harborview via helicopter, is a new billboard erected by Parker Outdoor Advertising. Ironically, this fast food billboard starts with the word "Warning."

   The warning is misplaced, however: it should be warning those of us who use 522 to commute every day to watch out, there will soon be many more of these signs, a veritable forest of in-your-face advertising, lining one of the most dangerous highways in America. The applications to Snohomish County have already been made.

   And besides being a distraction to drivers, these billboards are a blight on the community, imposed by property owners and real estate entrepeneurs who apparently feel, "Why not, it's free money. What do I care about the safety and liveability of this community?"

   If you are concerned about quality of life and the safety of 522, please call Brad Barrett of Snohomish County at 800-562-4367, ext. 4367, and register your opposition to any further billboards on this highway.

Joe Fulcher, Maltby