Originally Published: May 7, 2008 9:42 p.m.
Maybe the new "Pioneer Parkway" should be called the "Forrest Gump Parkway" or at least the Highway 89 and 89A interchange should be called the "Forrest Gump Interchange."
Why "Forrest Gump"? Well, as Forrest used to say, "Stupid is as stupid does," and that is what we have at the new bridge over Highway 89.
The design seems to be just plain "stupid." More than 90 residential lots in the Golf Links subdivision cannot access the new bridge over Highway 89 if they are going south or west, and that is only a small part of who cannot use the bridge.
How about the approximately 50 redi-mix trucks daily from Hanson Aggregate and the more than 300 private haulers that come out of the Hanson plant daily? Not all of them go south or west, but I'm sure a large percentage do.
How about all of the Embry-Riddle flightline students and teachers who commute between the main campus and the flight line? During school sessions their shuttle runs every hour from 5 a.m. to midnight. Also, others drive their own cars. We also have about 2,500 people who attend the Heights Church on weekends and as many as 200 or more on Wednesday evenings. How about the large number of people who have businesses and/or jobs at the Airport Industrial Park, at the Fire Control Center and the new "Center Point West" business park?
It is a shame that this could not have received better planning to accommodate the above mentioned people whose tax dollars helped build this bridge but cannot use it.
If it is not bad enough that any one going south or west to the above places stop at Highway 89, those of us going west must now go from two westbound lanes at Highway 89 to just one lane shortly after we cross Highway 89. The design is very bad; a sign on the right side of the lanes indicates that the left lane ends, but if you are in the left lane and a truck is in the right lane, you will never see the sign. It is a dangerous situation.