Letters to the Editor

August 3, 2014

No easy solution to Frank Scott congestion

I've been following the recent BND coverage of "As Frank Scott Parkway Turns" with great interest. Ken and Sheila Cope are portrayed as holding the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle that will solve traffic congestion problems along this overtaxed thoroughfare. Once the Cope domino falls, and it will one way or another, there will be many more left standing ahead.

Intersection challenges may be solved but what is really needed are more lanes in both directions. With only one lane each way, drivers have to stop for any vehicle turning left. It's a dangerous situation, especially when everyone on that road seems to be in a big hurry to get somewhere regardless of the time of day.

When the two new O'Fallon hospitals are up and running, this route will be more clogged than heart patients' arteries. Heaven forbid if a critically ill patient is ambulatory.

Clogging applies to other arteries like Green Mount Road and Hartman Lane as well. The area between Frank Scott and Interstate 64 on Green Mount is already like a kid's video game with vehicles flying around in every direction. Just getting through that quagmire unscathed is an accomplishment.

It will only get worse with additional business growth.

If only the infrastructure could keep up with the commercial growth. At this rate the only efficient way into and out of these new hospitals will be by helicopter.

It reminds me of baseball legend Yogi Berra, who reportedly said, "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

Bill Malec


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