Fix infrastructure issues and keep Marvin Creek gates operational
I am saddened to read there are still residents in Marvin more concerned with their own personal convenience rather than the safety of children within their community. It also is ridiculous to accuse Marvin Creek residents of attempting to increase their housing value with the operation of gates at one entrance. The bottom line is Marvin Creek has been used as a cut through causing safety issues to the residents and their children.
There is no denying other safety issues within the infrastructure of Marvin. The solution should not be to divert traffic through a neighborhood creating another safety hazard. Marvin needs to work with NCDOT to fix the infrastructure issues that currently exist.
Marvin Creek has absorbed the cost to fix the safety hazards in part of their neighborhood. Neighboring residents should be pleased taxpayer money was not used. The current ordinances do not prevent Marvin Creek from having an operational gate. In fact, Marvin Creek maintains that part of Tom Short Extension, not NCDOT or the village of Marvin.
My concern is the village is wasting resources trying to find any way to stop the operation of the gate. Their efforts seem misguided. The gate has reduced traffic flow through Marvin Creek making the community safer. Let’s work to fix the infrastructure outside of Marvin Creek for safer travel for all residents in the village.
Marvin Creek’s gates need to remain operational to control the traffic levels through their community. With that behind us, let’s focus village resources on fixing the other safety issues resulting from poor infrastructure. Rather then working against each other, let’s all work together to make the village of Marvin a safe place for all residents.
Job well done
The 2012 Indian Trail town council is to be commended for continuing the vision of the prior town council to progressively move the town forward into the 21st century. They have done so by focusing on needed infrastructure development and the expansion of a town park system to facilitate family oriented, recreational events.
Also noteworthy, has been the calm and deliberate leadership of newly elected mayor, Michael Alvarez. Alvarez has restored much needed dignity to the office by being an active cheerleader for town programs and events. He has additionally developed a good working relationship with the town’s manager and its employees whom he wholeheartedly respects and supports. And where Alvarez has shined best is during town council meetings. There, he has adopted a respectful and task oriented leadership emphasizing town needs. Meetings now occur smoothly with a diversity of views encouraged to bring about a greater understanding and workable solutions to the town’s problems and its common good.
Well done, town council members! And, well done, Mayor Alvarez!
Carlton Aldrich, Ph.D.
I am somewhat pleased to hear the Monroe Bypass has run into a legal glitch. I think it is insane to spend so much money building an entirely new highway when our government is nearly bankrupt. In a few short years, gas prices could be high enough to curtail most of the traffic on the existing road.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on NEPA grounds is nonsense. There is nothing but red clay and poison ivy to dig up, trees to cut down, and some houses and businesses to relocate. No long-term environmental damage will occur. How many other roads have been constructed in the state with no regard to the earth? Take I-40 west of Asheville for example. An NCDOT political favor resulted in the routing of Interstate 40 through Maggie Valley instead of Marshall. As it turned out, it was an absolute geological disaster with huge rockslides that imperil drivers to this day.
The Monroe traffic jam could be greatly diminished with improvements to Old Monroe Road, overpasses at key intersections on U.S.-74, and some two-lane frontage roads in business areas in Stallings, Indian Trail and Monroe. Interstate 75 in North Dallas is constructed like this. Widening Old Monroe Road could commence first, providing an alternate route while construction is done on U.S.-74. Some cross roads could be eliminated by routing traffic on frontage roads to the next highway entrance. Businesses along U.S.-74 could be saved.
I think improvements to the existing parallel roads are far cheaper than building an entirely new highway. Has this ever been considered?