Northwest NEWS

April 9, 2001

Editorial

A change in light timing would clear up traffic problem

I sent this letter to State Representative John Lovick regarding a problem intersection. I would like to bring this suggestion to the community as well.
   There is an intersection near my house that is a real problem. This is the intersection of 39th Ave., 35th Ave. and Maltby Road.
   Every workday between 4 and 6 p.m. the traffic backs up in some cases about 1/2 mile on northbound 39th.
   Traffic finds its way to Maltby Road through the neighborhood north of Canyon Creek Elementary School. I'm sure these folks don't appreciate the freeway through their front yards at this time of night.
   I have a suggestion that could ease the congestion at this intersection. Change the timing of the light at the junction between 35th Avenue and Maltby Road between 4 and 6 p.m. on the weekdays.
   The timing should be changed so that the eastbound traffic on Maltby Road and the southbound traffic on 35th Avenue is held (red light) for maybe a minute on every light cycle. The west bound traffic on Maltby Road should have a green light while the other two lights are red. This would allow for a break in traffic for both left hand and right hand turns onto Maltby Road from 39th Avenue.
   I would also place "No Cut Through Signs" on the Park Ridge Chapel Church parking lot. Maybe station a sheriff there to enforce this from time to time.
   In this time of tight budgets and severe traffic problems I would think that this could be achieved within traffic engineering budgets rather easily.
   Jon P. Feetham, Woodinville