The rural road ran north and south through the heart of Lacey. As traffic increased, the two-lane road became a four-lane. Housing developments, strip malls and three supermarkets sprouted at the southern end.
Result? The four-lane street is now a nightmarish drive from Lacey Boulevard to the Yelm Highway. And the city has done nothing to alleviate the problem.
Instead their solution is to put in roundabouts that allow nonstop traffic from end to end! This steady stream of cars affects the safety of citizens whose communities border College Street. In my case, whether I turn left or right on College I can only stomp on the gas and breathe, “Thank You Lord, I made it again!”
There is a risk factor as parents pick up their kids from Mountain View School near 22nd Avenue. And what about pedestrians? A four-mile stretch of College has none. (Sadly, a topic of conversation in our home is how many accidents we just saw on College.) The problems don’t end there, however.
The city’s 25-year plan for College Street is to beautify it by putting in a lovely, tree-planted boulevard down the center. With no addition of lanes, or traffic control. Dear City Planning Commission: Forget creating an”expressway” in a residential area. We need a traffic light at the intersection of 22nd Avenue, which would allow safety for school kids and a break in traffic flow. If the reader agrees, make your voice heard.