Extending Millhopper Road will lead to another failure


Published: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 12:07 a.m.
On Jan. 11, Susan Sterner wrote in support of the proposed road extension between Millhopper Road and NW 39th Avenue. She suggests that the road would be beneficial to the residents on and near Millhopper Road.
The proposed road may seemingly be a convenience, but look down the new road to the other end and you will find the SpringHill development, which plans to utilize 600 acres to construct 1,500,000 square feet of commercial space, 460,000 square feet of warehouse and distribution centers, 125,000 square feet of office space, 625 hotel rooms, and 2,238 residential units.
The proposed project will dump at least 3,000 additional car trips per day onto Millhopper Road if not more. This estimate does not include the construction-related equipment that would use Millhopper Road.
The traffic in and around The Oaks mall and Butler Plaza is substantial. Is it not reasonable to assume that there will be even more traffic on the roads leading into and out of the much larger SpringHill development? In addition, 39th Avenue is already a failed road and cannot support the additional traffic generated by SpringHill, thus forcing even more traffic onto Millhopper Road, eventually causing it to fail as well.
The County Master Plan has been designed to provide for responsible growth, and by amending it for one developer to make its fortune, it will provide precedence for other developers to obtain amendments to the plan.
And soon, our county and city will not only have numerous failed roads, but also a failed and ineffective master plan. This master plan is designed to protect the property rights of county residents, and should not be tampered with for the benefit of anyone.

David A. Russell,

Gainesville

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