Those of us who live downtown know very well the daily difficulties of crossing Broadway on foot. Yes, sometimes it can be loud with wailing fire engines, police and vehicles zipping by, but we have gotten used to the noise. What we have not gotten used to are the dangers of crossing over this major thoroughfare that runs through our town.
If you live out of town or up in one of the valleys, you might not realize the issue here. We live on the south side of Broadway, and to walk downtown to the post office, library, Midtown, and the bank, we have to cross it. Yes, there are crossings, and the lights have helped, but not everyone takes heed of them. It’s tricky to get across when one car in the outer lane has stopped and you don’t know if that other car speeding behind it in the inside lane is going to stop.
I am not a big fan of the bump outs that are a part of the Broadway Diet plan, and would ask our City Council consider the option of moving ahead with the project and eliminating them. I am not the first one to suggest this option.
With up to 400 more people commuting daily to work at the Fastenal offices, and the revitalization of downtown, the council needs to assess the situation carefully.
The safety issues on Broadway will not go away with time. As a matter of fact, with the extra commuting it will worsen, if we don’t slow down traffic coming and leaving town.
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