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Interchange would ease traffic, cut costs and revitalize West Pasco communities

Re: Ridge Road interchange

Interchange delay hurts taxpayers

This story should be met with outrage by every citizen of west Pasco. We have: the lack of a direct hurricane evacuation route; the inconvenience and expense of having to travel extra miles each way, north or south, to cross the county; wasted fuel; extra wear and tear on brakes, tires and motors; additional air degradation and additional congestion of State Road 54 and State Road 52.

We do not have the opportunity to cut travel time to Tampa by 15 minutes and the economic loss from being too inconvenient to be considered a bedroom community to commuters investing and pumping up values here.

We have Commissioner Michael Cox's laissez-faire acceptance of the state's broken promises and disregard for his district — the one most affected — by not working to get the access road finished and justifying the interchange.

It is ridiculous that the overpass was built at considerable expense and sits unused almost 10 years now or that the voices of non-affected obstructionist opponents in St. Petersburg or Lutz continue to derail and jeopardize this essential link for hundreds of thousands of taxpayers.

If Turnpike Enterprise is factoring tolls as part of its five-year plan, it should consider how many additional users it would gain by making the road convenient to access by the county's population core.

Having sat on the MPO for several years, I worked diligently to see this project realized. Besides the millions of dollars the state invested, the county also has a huge investment.

This board needs to lobby Gov. Charlie Crist and ask Sen. Mike Fasano why they have not gotten behind this and to do so now.

The time for taking a backseat to consultants in Tallahassee should be over. Get it done while the people who have paid for it are still alive to use it!

Tom Finn, New Port Richey

Interchange can revitalize area

I am very disappointed with yet another delay in the construction of the Ridge Road extension. Port Richey needs a quicker way to get to Tampa and to make this area more attractive to future residents. We need an easier route for leaving in a hurricane.

Drive down U.S. 19 in Port Richey and notice the number of restaurants and businesses that have gone out of business. It has become a blighted area.

This road was promised 10 years ago and needs to be built as soon as possible.

Louis Passannante, Port Richey

Re: Red light cameras

Yield to sense on traffic cameras

My answer to this problem (if it is a problem) is simple. If no accidents have happened at these intersections by this vast criminal element not stopping before right turns, then install "yield'' signs.

Problem solved.

Bob McAdle, New Port Richey

Column upholds family values

At a time when marital infidelity, two distant wars, severe unemployment, out of control housing foreclosures and health care concerns attack us each day via print and all other forms of media, I cannot even start to express how much my family and I look forward to Bill Stevens' thoughts and insights in the Pasco Times.

Mr. Stevens' true love for family and fellow man have touched our lives in a meaningful way. Keep up the wonderful work, Mr. Stevens, for all of us out here who share your true family values.

Richard R. Levenson, New Port Richey

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Interchange would ease traffic, cut costs and revitalize West Pasco communities 12/15/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 8:19pm]
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