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Fwd: Willows transportation study

From: .mac <brahana_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 01:09:18 -0800

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> It has just been brought to my attention that a portion of the proposed plan for traffic calming in the Willows involves creating short, one way traffic sections along Woodland. This is a tremendously poorly conceived option and needs to be eliminated from consideration in any final plan. As a resident of Oak court since 2004, I have had the opportunity to observe the Willows area first-hand for over six years, and have not observed excess traffic that would warrant such a draconian change to the access to my neighborhood.
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> Creating one way sections on Woodland would effectively eliminate the use of University Avenue as a reasonable path to my home, as the current one way trip of less than .5 miles would become a nightmare trip of almost two miles through stop signs, over speed bumps, and past school zones. And for what? To ease purported congestion at 101 and University for maybe 20 minutes in the afternoon each day during the work week? As residents, we would be subject to these ridiculous regulations 24 hours per day, 7days per week, 365 days per year. Rough calculations suggest that our household alone we would be forced to drive an additional 1000 miles per year. And any reduction in traffic seen on Woodland would be matched by a corresponding increase on O'Connor and other surrounding streets from all the residents forced to detour to return to their homes.
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> Other options do exist to remedy the perceived issue: improve light timing, impose time based restrictions or local traffic only constraints, or start with a smaller subset of changes and assess the result before moving to such a radical final step.
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> In this time of budget shortfalls and increased sensitivity to environmental considerations, please do the right thing and eliminate this flawed component of the final plan. The residents of Oak Court, Woodland, French Court, and Emma Ln, and indeed the entire Willows area would all suffer noticeable harm and would be forced to fight this implementation using every available means. Other residents have come out in favor of no traffic calming at all; I am in full agreement that the city should abandon this effort completely.
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> Thank you for your consideration. I would be pleased to speak in person on this matter at your convenience.
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> Sincerely,
> Todd Brahana
> Oak Court
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> Sent from my iPad.
Received on Sat Dec 18 2010 - 01:09:39 PST


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