Rezone could add to traffic mess

OlympiaJanuary 5, 2013 

The proposed rezone of nine acres at Boulevard Road and Ninth Avenue is an issue that deserves more attention. The three blocks between the freeway and Pacific Avenue are filled with homes built primarily in the 1950s or earlier. Most were built at a time when families only had one car, so in this day and age parking on the street is common.

Sometimes traffic pushes cars into the neighborhood west of Boulevard where sidewalks are few and most are in poor repair. It’s safer walking in the street until a car or bus comes along. Over the years with more drivers using this road, just getting in and out of your driveway (if you have one) can be an experience that no one would want. Speed is a large factor along with the volume of traffic at the time. Most people go faster than the posted speed limit. There are only two crosswalks: They’re at Pacific and Wheeler avenues. A wreck or slowdown on Interstate 5 often sends drivers onto Pacific Avenue and Boulevard Road. People unwilling to wait for the light often cut through the business park and service station creating more traffic problems on Boulevard Road.

This doesn’t happen every day, but it happens often during peak travel times. So how does adding several hundred more cars a day make this area better? Does it make it safer for people who already live here? Does it make it better for people who commute through here?

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