Don't make this another Orlando

Published: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 12:41 a.m.
There was a dead deer on the side of Millhopper Road the other day. It was a doe, and she looked pregnant. She was right near where NW 83rd Street is due to be pushed through to Millhopper from NW 39th Avenue, just three-tenths of a mile from a "Wildlife Crossing" sign and in the middle of the straightaway where people speed and pass with impunity.
The speed limit along Millhopper Road is 40 mph, but I commonly see drivers passing two and three cars at a time, and those drivers are definitely exceeding the speed limit. I remember when Millhopper was considered one big speed trap, but I haven't seen any radar there in a long time.
If you drive by the parking lot at San Felasco Park on a nice day, you'll see cars overflowing onto the sides of the road. It's pretty obvious that we appreciate and enjoy nature here in Alachua County, but it's getting more and more difficult to enjoy the beauty of Millhopper Road because of speeding cars.
That's why the only thing NW 83rd Street should become is a paved trail for bikers, skaters, and pedestrians. Isn't it time to be more friendly to them than to developers? Won't the people moving into SpringHills appreciate that nice greenway?
If you want to see uncontrolled growth caused by unbelievable greed, drive 100 miles southwest to Orlando. Please don't let it happen here.

Celeste Barrett Rubanick,


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