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June 12, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Traffic congestion: Get political solutions moving, restore road lanes

It’s time that the driving public of Seattle to take a stand and demand that we get our streets back [“Police to angry commuters, sports fans: ‘Good reason’ for traffic jam,” The Today File, June 11].

So many of our major arterial streets have been reduced in size, which has had such a huge impact on our ability to move around the city.  On June 10, it took me an hour and a half to get from Swedish Cherry Hill to my home on Queen Anne.  That trip going the opposite direction at 2:30 p.m. took slightly less than 20 minutes with medium traffic.  On the return trip there was solid traffic on every street that you could see.

Our current policy isn’t working.  We need to move auto traffic more efficiently or face drastic consequences, both environmentally and financially.  All of these cars and trucks idling for hours trying to traverse the city is needlessly increasing our emission of greenhouse gases and general pollutants all because the cars can’t move with such restricted roadways.  We passed dozens of street-side restaurants that we could clearly see were empty with the wait staff just walking around, and this was at the prime dinner hour.

Somehow the majority of the driving public need to forget that we might look “politically incorrect” and take a stand.  Say that we want the four-lane arterials that have been constrained by our previous mayor putting them “on a road diet” returned to their far more efficient design.

Ross Budden, Seattle

Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: congestion, road diets, Ross Budden

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