Northwest NEWS

October 2, 2000


County should keep road open during busy commute times

It may seem like standard practice for commuters to pay the price for growth, but we need to question the differing standards applied to commuter rights to the road by Redmond and King County.
   When Redmond was regulating the sewer line construction for Redmond Ridge, lane closures were not allowed before 9 a.m. in the morning or after 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon. Redmond was more concerned with commuters getting to school and to work than Quadrant meeting its
   construction deadlines. Now it's King County regulating Quadrant's road improvements to Novelty Hill Road and citizen interests and impacts are being ignored.
   A homeowner leaving his home at 8 a.m. anywhere near Redmond Ridge is now facing at least 30 minutes to get to Avondale Road. 30+ minutes to go 1.5-2 miles that would
   otherwise take about three minutes. To make matters worse, traffic in the one open lane is being consistently stopped to let every Quadrant truck have precedence in getting to and from the sites of construction.
   Homeowners who live on Novelty and Union Hills didn't want this city built. They certainly didn't want the traffic. The least King County can do is to keep the commute hours open on Novelty Hill Road, so kids aren't late for school and workers can get to their jobs. If it costs Quadrant a few more dollars, remember that it was their choice to build a city at the end of a rural road.
   Michael Costello, Redmond