Letter to the Editor

Minnie Street foolishness

To the editor: After reviewing the Minnie Street corridor upgrade, I am appalled at the options given for the proposed access onto Minnie Street as well widening Minnie Street. As tennis pro John McEnroe would say, “You can’t be serious!”

The planners want to come through Golden Valley Electric Association property on Illinois Street or through the industrial area off Phillips Field Road.

My question is “Why?” Why spend tens of millions of dollars to fix something that isn’t broken?

I’ve lived off Minnie Street for 42 years, so I know how the traffic moves on Minnie Street. The access onto Minnie Street from Philips Field Road and from Johansen Expressway is very easy and there’s no traffic backup.

Travel on Minnie Street is smooth, with no traffic delays at either end. The big traffic issue is on Third Street between Old Steese and New Steese, and this is in the works to modify, which will be great.

To me the areas that need immediate attention are the traffic congestion at Fred Meyer store on Old Steese and trying to get onto Trainor Gate Road from Old Steese. This traffic congestion should have been addressed long ago. And how about repaving Wendell Street Bridge? This was supposed to be repaved two years ago. I know the old argument is that this is money we have to use. That’s what got us into the red in the first place. I say apply the funds to where it is needed the most. Don’t waste our tax dollars trying to fix something that isn’t broken.

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