Letters to the Editor

Road work

I live in the Deception Park View Community where the construction at Ducken Road, Old Cornet Bay Road, Deception Circle and Highway 20 is being done, with Deception Circle being the only entrance and exit to our community. This has always been a dangerous intersection with accidents being a fairly frequent occurrence and we’ve hoped for a turn lane for years. At present we have cement barriers placed up and down the highway making our traffic lanes even more narrow, and sharper turns onto the highway necessary to avoid driving into the on-coming traffic lanes.

I have to tell you driving through this narrow corridor with all the traffic and 18-wheelers coming at you is more than a little nerve wracking as there is no wiggle room on most of this stretch of highway, which brings me to the question:

When does sharing the road become life threatening?

Answer: When bicyclists and highway construction mix.

It’s the proverbial accident waiting to happen. Even if the cyclists are courteous there is no room! Sometimes I think if, God forbid, the worse scenario were to happen, do I run into the 18-wheeler or maybe take out a couple of cyclists? The other day my husband saw a woman riding through this area on a bicycle with a two child cart attached behind.

All I’m asking for is a temporary restriction on bicycling through this area until construction is completed. Maybe I’m just an alarmist, but I invite you to drive through this area and pull into and out of our community a few times during daytime traffic, and I think you’ll see why I worry about being part of the next accident.

Elaine Young

Oak Harbor

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