8/10/19: CUT-THROUGH TRAFFIC: LET A YARD SIGN DO YOUR TALKING

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(Photo by Tommy Karole, 8/10/19)

Homeowners on South Dogwood Trail have long posted a yard sign on their property asking drivers to be considerate of walkers, bikers, and children. Now they have added another all-caps, bold-faced message to their yard-sign communications:

THIS IS A NEIGHBORHOOD, NOT A CUT THROUGH

How many times have you said or thought these words on a traffic-choked summertime weekend? Everyone who lives on the residential cut-through route should have such a sign in his or her yard. Solidarity is powerful.

For a chronicle of today’s oppressive traffic experience, and thoughts about how to alleviate the burden on our roads, check out The Beacon on Facebook.

For two consecutive Saturdays–today and last week–I have waited at the South Dogwood Trail/U.S. Hwy. 158 intersection and watched as vehicles turning left on to Dogwood at the light have poured through while far fewer vehicles stayed straight on a wide-open 158. Left-turners impede the eastbound traffic, stopping it on the bridge.

Today at 12:25 p.m. I counted 17 vehicles turning onto Dogwood Trail during one green left-turn cycle. The road was backed up from the stop sign at Pintail Trail to 158, while the highway was open going east as far as the eye could see.

Ann, 8/10/19