Letters to the Editor

Part of Manitou Beach Drive should be restricted | Letters | April 22

I’m writing in regard to a concern we share about the safety of school buses using Manitou Beach Drive, particularly the section that runs from the corner of Manitou Beach Drive to Falk Road.

We all know how serious erosion and mud slides are on this part of the island. Upon closer inspection, you will notice that the cliff continues to deteriorate. From the street level, the vegetation between the street and the cliff continues to die because of the erosion. Only a lone fir is still alive.

Some bushes and ivy that remain hang over the cliff. The grass slopes downward away from the road and is dangerous to stand on. When it rains the water drains through the fields on the north side – down through the soil undermining the stability of the cliff.

From below on the water’s edge looking up at the cliff, the roots of all the dead trees and the electric pole bulge out over the cliff. One doesn’t notice this until walking along the shore. The huge boulders put at the base of the cliff as a barrier a few years ago have had little effect on the force of the waves and water so it continues to erode.

The road’s heavy traffic continues to undermine its integrity as well. Large trucks and buses daily make the trip down the hill and around the bend on what appears to be very unstable ground.

We have had a home on Manitou Beach Drive since 1962 and we applaud the efforts by the community to reduce traffic on this stretch of roadway by making it a one-way street. We’d like you to take the next step now and eliminate bus traffic so that our children’s lives are not endangered by this serious issue.

Olga Ruys

Bainbridge Island

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