Rose Street design creates head-on hazard

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If you haven’t had a chance to view the city’s plan to redesign Rose Street, now is the time.

Replacing the existing four lanes with two traffic lanes, two bike lanes and a center left-turn lane has business and homeowners on the street asking some serious questions and pointing out some serious problems.

Businesses and residents of Golden West Estates that use Jade Street are going to find they now have to contend with a head-on collision hazard upon entering the center lane to turn left onto Jade. If there is another motorist entering the center lane to turn left onto Cruthers at the same time, then the motorists will block each other from reaching their turns. They will have to stop to avoid a head-on collision, then navigate around each other to get to their respective turns.

The reason this hazard is present in the new plan is because Jade, Rose and Cruthers form what is called a “Split Tee” or staggered intersection. Jade and Cruthers are too close together to safely utilize a shared left turn lane.

Both motorists making left turns would be in their legal right to be in the lane, so who would be at fault if there were to be a head-on collision?

This is one of the serious questions that is being asked about the new “safer” design. Especially in light of the heavily populated retirement community on Jade.

Drive down Rose and envision this hazard that will be created. I encourage you to see what seems to have eluded some of Walla Walla’s finest.

Don’t get me started on the Hazmat or public transit vehicles stopping at the tracks on 13th and Valley Transit buses stopping along Rose where there will no longer be an additional lane to safely navigate around them.

Tim Demitor

Walla Walla

Comments

barracuda 1 year, 5 months ago

I have a question.... Anyone go to MF lately? The turn lane on Hwy 11 is just as dangerous as you say this is going to be... AND it has a higher speed limit... With higher volume of traffic too......

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chicoli 1 year, 5 months ago

I lived in Europe for 6 years. Traffic lights are a thing of the past. Round-abouts helps traffic to continusly move. They eliminate traffic jams and save time and gas money to drivers.

My recommendations:

  1. Do a round-about on 9th street and Rose, and another one on Rose at the end of the Mall.

  2. Do a recreational park and a bicycle lane in betwen the side walk and the train tracks. Provide for 4-5 parking spots every so often.

  3. Start an "adoption program" for volunteers to help in the ground keeping of the park. Rotary, Lions Clubs, Exchange (and others) come to mind. These changes will give Rose a lovely "boulevardian" appearance with the sycamore tree line in the middle! We could even change its name to "Rose Boulevard".

Carlos Acevedo MD

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carcrazy 1 year, 5 months ago

Or we could call it Acevedo Parkway.

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chicoli 1 year, 5 months ago

In your honor we could call it after you: " Mr. Bizarre Way", after all it is your preferred word, the one you toss around like idiomatic IEDs, to cover up for your lack of originality. One way only, please!

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carcrazy 1 year, 5 months ago

Carlos, since you are an avid follower of mine, you should know that it is not I who throws the "B" word around, unless the singular use of that word contitutes "frequent". You must be confusing me with someone else. Also, I thought that "Acevedo Parkway" was rather original and complimentary.

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