Letter: Michael Donatelli, Lucketts

Editor: I read with interest the periodic closing of the travel lanes on Rt. 15 between Battlefield Parkway and Montresor Road for soil testing between now and the end of October for the design of the future work to the roadway. Why is this just now being publicly announced as it actually started about four weeks ago? Also, why does this type of work have to be accomplished during the day? 

I do concede that working during nighttime hours does have effects on safety but with the use of portable lights and Truck Mounted Attenuator vehicles (which are normally in place during daylight hours anyway), can eliminate the massive backups and decrease the major inconvenience to the traveling public.  

A more concerning issue is how this affects the response of emergency vehicles. With a 2- to 3-mile backup, how are they going to get around? Yes, I have witnessed up to 5-mile backups in the past years due to road work.

Looking forward, this is nothing compared to how it’s going to be when construction actually begins, especially since we are supposedly getting the new four lanes to two lanes.

Michael Donatelli, Lucketts

2 thoughts on “Letter: Michael Donatelli, Lucketts

  • 2021-08-24 at 1:45 pm
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    “… but with the use of portable lights and Truck Mounted Attenuator vehicles (which are normally in place during daylight hours anyway), can eliminate the massive backups and decrease the major inconvenience to the traveling public.”

    The writer is guilty of excessive common sense. Government doesn’t care if simple solutions could ease sitting in traffic needlessly.

  • 2021-09-02 at 7:27 am
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    Consider how much of the expansion work could have been done over the last 18 months when there was obviously very little traffic. Could accelerating this approved project been given a bit more attention instead of or even simultaneously to removing one statue, changing one plaque or changing a highway name for the benefit of people currently living in the county? If that isn’t disappointing enough wait until you see how the real congestion is managed after the expansion starts and the big trucks start to run through Waterford. 🙂

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