Pros of do-it-yourself traffic management

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, November 26, 2004

When we returned to Juneau a year ago, we lived temporarily in North Douglas. The first morning I drove my wife to work, we left early in anticipation of long waits at the West Juneau intersection and jammed up cars on the bridge. You can imagine our pleasant surprise to discover the do-it-yourself traffic management that allowed cars from both ends of the island to easily pass through the intersection and on to the bridge.

We now live in Douglas proper and are happy to wait a few extra moments each morning to allow the North Douglas traffic to enter. If it's illegal to make that stop (and I don't think it is), it is surely unneighborly to fail to stop when a car can enter safely from North Douglas.

As for the anticipated rush hour jam that we heard was forcing the state to remove bike lanes and add a switchable lane to the bridge, I have yet to see a jam on the bridge that would justify that expense. Living in the Portland, Ore., area for several years showed us what real traffic is like.

The problems of Seattle traffic described by Mr. Granse were daily experiences for us on the freeways and streets of Portland. Juneau is a great place to live, work, and play, and an even better place to drive. Let's keep it that way.

Dave Dierdorff


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