Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Timmerman needs 4-way stoplight

This is an open letter and plea to the Blaine County Commission to once and for all demand from ITD a full stoplight at the intersection of Highway 75 and Highway 20. If traffic volume doesn't warrant a full stoplight, then at the very least a four-way stoplight with signs on each corner would do the trick.

The article in the Oct. 29 paper describing the latest traffic collision that occurred and the picture showing the result of the crash was enough to make me sick. My prayers for a speedy and full recovery go to Greg Cappel and his family, who were the latest victims of the long list of accidents that have occurred at the intersection.

How many more avoidable injuries and deaths will it take to do the right thing and place a simple stoplight (perhaps costly but far less cost than injury and death) to reduce confusion of who is stopping and make everyone stop? When I saw the bathroom at the rest area in this location under construction using stimulus money and no change to upgrade the light, I was sorely disappointed. What an unnecessary use of money that would be much better spent saving lives at this poorly designed intersection.

Do the right thing and avoid the next accident. Install a stoplight now!

Kaz Thea


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