Dusty trail isn't historic

Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 12:17 a.m.
In response to the May 25 letter from Robert Anderson on the subject of paving SW 15th Avenue:
I am one of the neighbors of which he speaks. I do not however join him in the wish to declare it a historic treasure. In its current state, it is exactly what the sign at the end of the street, and what the residents who live on it, call it: dusty trail, or more accurately in the decade I have lived here, dusty highway.
The road he described as an "oak tunneled scenic drive" is in fact an oak blinded, dust choked, wash boarded, treacherous throughway of county neglect. Most sections of this road are only wide enough for one car at a time, and to get from one end to the other a driver is likely to encounter between three to eight cars coming from the other direction. Many of these cars (trucks actually) are pulling horse trailers, and nearly all of those that aren't are exceeding the posted 30 mph speed limit by 20 mph or more. The dust from all this traffic keeps my home and vehicles filthy.
As to the subject of an increased crime rate in the area, I would prefer an increased police presence, but they do not typically patrol dirt roads. I have noticed a very visible increase of police presence at the Jonesville intersection since the increase in development in the area, but have never seen a police car on dusty trail.
So, for all our sake on SW 15th Avenue, let's support its paving. Paving it will reduce the safety hazard and the constant dust storm that chokes the long time residents of the area. I would not, however, be adverse to the addition of speed bumps to that pavement.

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