Labor Day -- another long weekend and another long, long backup of traffic through Payson. It really is time for the city to seriously consider a by-pass, as much for its own residents as for travelers.
To those business people who say a by-pass will hurt business, consider this. Sit in your vehicle at Oxbow Estates Road, crawl at 1 to 3 miles per hour to the 260 split and see if you want to stop and lose your place "in line" as you get to and through Payson. I think not.
On the other hand, give me a by-pass and make it easier for me to stop in town and get back on the road without all that additional traffic and I'm much more likely to do so.
Who knows, without a traffic jam even residents may be able to go to town and get where they need to go. Just food for thought.
Bob Benne, Scottsdale and Young