Lester involved in traffic-flow plan | Letters | Oct. 30
October 30, 2009 · 2:52 PM
I am an owner of property on Hildebrand Lane that is affected by the current closure of Hildebrand Lane and Ericksen Avenue. In fact, the chains preventing cars from driving from Ericksen to Hildebrand were on property that my partners and I own.
The reason for the chains was to prevent our parking lot from being a de facto thoroughfare in lieu of the city failing to connect Hildebrand to Ericksen.
Debbi Lester previously stood up for nearby neighborhood residents who wished to prevent the city-owned land that was serving as a small park from being bulldozed to create a speedy connection from Hildebrand to Ericksen and significantly increasing traffic in the neighborhood. Many supported the connection being made and felt the park could be eliminated.
However, Debbi worked hard to help us come up with a better solution, I believe, which saves the city hundreds of thousands of dollars and many more years of indecision over this connection. That solution was to install traffic calming measures within our parking lots – such as stop signs, crosswalks and speed ramps – that would slow traffic through our parking lot and allowed us to remove the chains.
I believe that the new traffic flow plan will benefit both neighborhood residents and businesses, create a safe solution to the Hildebrand-Ericksen disconnect and save the city a great deal of money that can be better spent on more desperately needed projects.
I thank Debbi Lester for working out this solution for all of us and for her careful consideration of all stakeholders in this neighborhood.