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Letter: Reader offers road solutions

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 | Jul 17, 2014 - 1:47 PM |
I understand that yesterday, July 10, the entire intersection at Lasalle and Notre Dame was completely shut down without notice for a significant time at the busiest time of the morning.

Permit me not to simply criticize, but to offer a solution to this ongoing construction morass.

First: do it at night, in the wee hours, inconveniencing few, with adequate public notice given, and a defined number of workers and their supervisors.

Secondly, in all future road projects, as a final filter prior to approval, run it by someone trained in traffic transportation engineering, either in house (which we have not had since the mid-1970s) or a consultant with the same training.

A degree in road engineering enhanced with an MBA does not make for one trained in traffic transportation.

The latter knows how to engineer road planning, not just construction, but how to plan that construction, with a mind to minimizing disruption to the working commuting public.

Sudbury is a dysfunctional community in many ways, for many reasons.

Prior to the undertaking of such road projects, would it not make more sense to complete a road link between Bancroft and Lasalle, northward across the hills towards Adanac?

Consider as well a link serving the big box centre north from Bancroft to The Kingsway before the four-laning of Second Avenue.

Any well-trained traffic transport engineer would immediately see such measures as ones in the motoring public’s interest, avoiding traffic problems caused by inept road engineers, such as we have for some time now experienced.

John D. Rutherford
Sudbury

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