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Please help adress this serious issue

From: Brian Gilmer <"Brian>
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2017 20:36:14 -0800

City Council Members,

I am writing today to bring to you attention a matter that poses a serious
safety hazard as well as impacting the lives of my family and many of the
residents in the Willows. That matter is the cut through traffic and the
impact it is having on our lives and safety.

I know you are aware that cut through traffic in the Willows has been an
ongoing issue for many years, I have lived here for 50 years. We have a lot
of cars trying to avoid University Avenue and Willow Road by cutting into
the Willows neighborhood, driving down residential streets not mean for a
high volume of traffic and then back on to Willow at O'Keefe, Durham and
Chester. While driving through the Willows many of these drivers fail to
obey the posted speed limits and in many cases run stop signs at various
speeds. With the number of children in this neighborhood this poses a
serious threat to their health and well being.

As bad as this problem has been in the past it just became much worse, dare
I say untenable. The Willow Road / highway 101 interchange work is
progressing and as part of that work two additional stop lights have been
activated on Willow Road. This has created a traffic debacle. Congestion
is much much worse now. Starting at about 4:00 PM myself and many of my
neighbors on O'Keefe are not able to leave our driveways due to the line of
cars backed up trying to turn right onto Willow Road East. This back up
eventually extens well past Laurel Avenue three blocks south of Willow Road.
I have spoken to my neighbors on Durham and if anything the backup is even
worse there. I can only imagine how bad it must be on Chester. I am
enclosing some pictures I took this evening. Starting as just after 4:00 PM
the cars on O'Keefe street extended from Willow past Arnold. By 4:45 they
extended past Regal and included buses from Facebook.

I challenge each of you to attempt to drive from City Hall to Bayfront
express way at 5:00 on a week day evening in under 1 hour. When you find
that a near impossible challenge I invite you to walk through the Willows
neighborhood and observe the congestion on the residential streets and the
impact it's having on our families. If a fire truck or other emergency
vehicle was needed it would take a very long time to get through.

Finally I would like to add that as I was writing this letter one of the
construction crew working on my house came in to inform me that my vehicle
had been hit by another vehicle attempting to squeeze between the traffic
trying to get onto Willow and my SUV parked on the street due to day time
construction. This is the second day in a row that has happened, with the
car breaking my driver side rear view mirror yesterday. This has never
before happened to me and just indicates how drivers are in a rush and are
driving dangerously.

Please do something NOW to address this. We can't wait for another 3 years
while another traffic study is done, issues are debated, etc. Someone is
going to get hit by a car speeding through the neighborhood or need an
emergency vehicle that cannot reach them in time.

Sincerely

Brian Gilmer and Zhanna Sardaryan

 

Two photos attached. One of the line of traffic down O'Keefe toward Laurel
taken from the middle of the 500 block. The other the cars blocking the
drive ways so we cannot get out. The line grew even longer but it was
difficult to get a good picture when it was dark.

 

 



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Received on Thu Nov 09 2017 - 20:42:36 PST

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