Arnold project leaves out lanes
July 8, 2011 · Updated 12:07 PM
For years my wife and I have watched the urgent emergency lights attesting to yet another accident at the Arnold Road and Highway 20 intersection. So, it was with firm anticipation and appreciation that I read of the upcoming upgrade to the corner by the WDOT. My happiness was severely dampened upon learning that there will be no turning lanes added to this dangerous cross intersection!
The omission of left turning lanes seems even more questionable when other intersections in the near vicinity have turn lanes, even when they are “T” type intersections rather than a cross road like Arnold Road. I have driven through this site at least two times a day for over 30 years and think that just a wider corner is an insufficient and inconsistent fix to a high speed curve which will still require the whole flow of traffic to suddenly stop for vehicles making left turns.
Am I alone in questioning the DOT’s plan?