Readers Write: Backed up
July 17, 2008
Im a business owner and have lived in Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista and drive through Kings Beach almost daily, usually several times. Im against the three-lane option and completely agree with the decision to be open to four lanes. I don’t care for more stoplights, however theyre better than roundabouts.Many of the photos on showed people crossing illegally and not at crosswalks. If they cross illegally with roundabouts or not at a stoplight, the same result will occur. Also, are we basing a huge change on the busiest four-day weekend of the year? If we had stoplights these pictures would be irrelevant as the cars would be stopped at the light for people to cross. I didnt see any filming of people being in danger crossing at Coon Street with the traffic light and crosswalk.
I was on a view-deck for the Third of July fireworks. Afterwards, the four lanes were packed with cars and then one of the westbound lanes cleared first, thankfully, as emergency vehicles had to get around. If there were three lanes, one in each direction, the traffic wouldve been backed up even longer and I couldnt imagine how the emergency vehicles would have gotten through.Why was there not any filming of this scene that night? It clearly showed how negative a three-lane situation wouldve been. The group for the three-lanes make it sound like its the huge majority. They are more vocal. The majority of people on the deck that night and many of the business owners in Kings Beach are for four lanes. It really depends on who you talk to as I would say that the majority of people here are for four lanes.We do see how three lanes has harmed Tahoe City and its businesses. We want our businesses in Kings Beach to succeed. We do need an improved Kings Beach and Im looking forward to this moving forward soon. I hope that your majority vote for four lanes continues the same and a four-lane plan gets passed through quickly.
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