Monday, November 16, 2009

A ‘simple fix’ and A much-welcome ‘Welcome’ (Letters to Editor)

A ‘simple fix’

This is an open letter to Winch­ester Public Services Director Per­ry Eisenach.

I read with great interest your comments in Friday’s Star about traffic flow in Winchester.

I agree with you, the timing of the lights on Pleasant Valley Road and Valley Avenue does help traffic flow. But there is something else your department could do that would help traffic flow around this city as much as timing the traffic lights and would not cost $200,000 per intersection.

It really is a simple fix. Desig­nate the right-most lane at all the three-lane intersections right turn only.

I sit at various intersections around town, mostly northbound on Pleasant Valley at East Cork Street and wait forever in a line of traffic that at certain times of the day is several hundred yards long. The reason we are all sitting there wasting time and gas is most of us want to turn right onto Cork Street, but one driver up front wants to go straight through the intersection but didn’t want to get out of the right lane into the center lane.

An example of how the intersec­tions should be laid out is at the in­tersection of Apple Blossom Drive and Jubal Early Drive, traveling north on Apple Blossom Drive ex­iting the mall and crossing Jubal Early. There is a straight through lane, a left-turn lane and a right­tur n-only lane.

Another example is heading north on Pleasant Valley at Berryville Avenue. The lanes at these intersections are correct and allow for a good flow of traffic and no long lines of right- turn traffic waiting because someone up front in the line doesn’t need to turn right.

There is more and more talk these days about being “geen” and conserving energy and such. Perhaps now is the time to change these intersections to improve traf­fic flow even more and, in the end, save gas and energy. It’s just a good idea for the times.

November 16, 2009
The Winchester Star

A much-welcome ‘Welcome’

Kudos to City Councilors, past and present, who made the decision to convert Braddock and Cameron streets to two-way traffic!

I travel Valley Avenue (U.S. 11) every day, and it is wonderful being able to go north on Braddock from Handley Boulevard. It is as if our city now says “Welcome” instead of “Do not enter.”

Fast-moving traffic belongs on Va. 37 and not in the “Heart of Winchester,” for there is much to see, do, and experience in Old Town.

To Perry Eisenach and his staff, I commend you for all of your hard work and a smooth transition.

Thanks to all for a job well done!

Kimberly P. Burke
November 13, 2009

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