Stoplights Are Robbing Us Of Our Small-Town Charm

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Editor:

Re: the article "Tyler Parkway/260 stoplight privately funded" in your Oct. 22 issue...

How can Mr. LaRon Garrett's (Payson Public Works engineer) comment that this traffic light is not "...going in because of the affluent subdivisions planned for Tyler Parkway," when one sentence later he states, "It was a requirement from the ADOT...that the signal had to be put in for access into The Rim Golf Club"?

A private membership golf course with adjoining expensive homes is not an affluent subdivision? Compare them to the average Payson house value. And if that subdivision can afford to pay $170,000 for a traffic light, I'd say "affluent" is the correct description. Their ability to pay for this light does not justify its need.

Mr. Randy Blake (ADOT traffic engineering specialist) states, "...waiting for one or two cars in front of you at a stop sign is a miniscule delay and not justification for a traffic light, but five cars in front of you indicates a traffic light is called for."

In the four years I have lived in Payson, I have turned east from Tyler Parkway onto 260 toward Star Valley many times and rarely have had to wait for one car in front of me at the stop sign, let alone five. Additionally, as I've either waited to make a safe left turn onto 260 from Tyler, or been driving east on 260 past Tyler and The Rim Golf Club entrance, I have never seen five cars backed up waiting on either side. This light will impede the smooth flow of traffic along 260.

ADOT, don't "buzz word" us with "regional significance" and "11 warrants" to justify putting a traffic light in the middle of an otherwise uninterrupted 55 mph highway. Place a turn lane along the south shoulder to enter The Rim Golf Club. Drivers from either Tyler or The Rim Golf Club, use good sense and patience when merging onto 260.

Payson residents, please, resist the temptation of asking for more traffic lights to our small community. We still have the charm of being a small, mountain town. Straightening out winding streets (south McLane), adding cement curbs and sidewalks (Airport Rd.), increase the number of traffic lights (Airport Rd. and 87) and we'll mimic the Phoenix Valley and every other large metropolitan city from which many of us have escaped.

Hank Marquardt, Payson

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