Time to double-deck Whitlock Avenue
June 26, 2014 08:26 PM | 657 views | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITORS:

The problem of achieving quick traffic relief in the Whitlock Ave.-Polk St. corridors has been discussed for years with little forward thinking about a permanent solution. In 2008, I suggested a cut-and-cover project for Whitlock as the only really viable fix to local and through-traffic woes.

The Wednesday article by Hilary Butschek shows local officials remain stymied as to what to do and how to go about it.

Since 120 is a state highway, the state government should be keenly interested and involved. A cut-and-cover project could add two or three lanes (reversible) beneath the lanes of Whitlock Ave. and leave surface-level traffic lanes as they now exist.

The trench could begin at Burnt Hickory Road and pass beneath Powder Springs Street, eliminating the bottleneck there.

Polk Street would remain as is. If an example is needed, look at I-95, which is trenched through Boston!

Dithering another eight or 10 years is no solution and another “study” will be a complete waste of time and money.

Donald Case

Mableton

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June 30, 2014
I-95 does not go under Boston. I-93 does. Having lived there, I can assure you that the idea of greatly reducing gridlock did not work. I-93 was to have only one or two exits in Boston and , for the most part, to bypass Boston and its heavy traffic. As all roads have done , if one takes a little time to study the impacts of road changing, widening, bypassing, etc., it draws more drivers to its use and over a very short period of tome those roads become as loaded as previous, if not more so.

How about this-- when people get jobs in the south part of Atlanta, or south of the city, they buy a house there instead of in, for example, Bartow County.

I did not follow my own advice in my career, but I felt I had no right to complain about my commute since it was by my choice.

Also, Marietta has the small city America look and feel about it. Let

s keep it.
whitlock IS fixed
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June 27, 2014
Whitlock is already 98% fixed. It doesn't need anything except the 'pass on the right' bubble outs need to be removed so we locals can cross Whitlock when the thru-traffic might finally gap as it backs up for a few seconds for a left turning vehicle that must wait.

What we really need is for all the people who live on the left side of Kennesaw Mountain Park to take a look at a map (if they are a U.S. American who has a map) and determine if they have any frequently visited destinations (such as a job) on the right side of Kennesaw Mountain Park. If they do have to travel from left to right and right to left, being funneled into one of the few points where you can drive through the park, they should MOVE.

IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE TRAFFIC TO AND FROM WEST COBB PAULDING POLK, THEN MOVE! MOVE MOVE MOVE. MOVE.

Unless you are retired or you work in West Cobb Paudling Poke or maybe Rome or Carrollton, but you bought a house in West Cobb Paudling Poke, then you are JUST STUPID!

Cut your losses now and get out!

You put over $10,000 per year for sure into EACH car. Your West Cobb Paudling Poke house will NEVER gain as much value in a year as you spend on your car. You are underwater and sinking out there! MOVE!
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