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February 28, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Mercer Street rebuild

Billions solely to beautify

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Mercer Street often is clogged with cars.

Editor, The Times:

Here is another fine mess you’ve gotten us into: Seattle City Council voted to beautify the Mercer Street mess [“Mercer Street funding plan OK’d,” Around the Northwest, Local News, Feb. 24].

Led by councilwoman Jan Drago, the council approved to make Mercer into a wide boulevard with street parking and a tree-lined median down the middle. But, according to transportation experts in the city, this will only make Mercer Street beautiful -not functional.

Eastbound traffic on Mercer Street with fewer signals will be thrown directly onto Interstate 5, making rush-hour traffic on the freeway even more of a nightmare.

But, what about potholes in the streets of Columbia City and Wedgwood or the sidewalks of Rainier Valley and West Seattle? What about Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, Ballard, Greenwood and other neighborhoods in the city?

Let’s not forget we are in the worse recession in 70 years; the city council seems oblivious to this fact.

I agree Mercer Street is a mess, but lets find a solution to fixing the traffic problem other than spending millions of dollars just to make it beautiful.

— Robert Sondheim, Seattle

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