To the Editor:

For several weeks now too many of us have had to endure the now intolerable and dangerous traffic congestion at the intersections of Cherry Hill – Mount Lucas – Terhune – Valley Roads. The closure of Terhune Road at Route 206 and the relocation and significant expansion of the fueling station have made already bad traffic conditions far worse.

Now that the Town Council has relinquished the option of turning left onto Route 206 from Terhune, it is imperative that the town leadership continue to work to achieve a safe left turn from Valley Road onto Route 206. This option will release some of the pressure on the intersection of Cherry Hill and Route 206 and alleviate some of the traffic congestion on the section of Mount Lucas Road leading up to Cherry Hill.

We neighbors are pleased that the Town Council has voted to remove the intrusive canopy. However, your refusal to consider relocating the entire fueling station has galvanized residents. There are alternative sites for the fueling station and the traffic safety issues are sufficiently serious for us to urgently request that the town relocate it.

Primarily, we are concerned about the many pedestrians and bicyclists who traverse this series of intersections to get to school, work and play – Community Park School, the town pool, the playing fields and tennis courts, as well as to the center of town. Many of these pedestrians and cyclists are children. What’s more, traffic safety is further worsened by the numerous vehicles making left turns across traffic on Mount Lucas Road to enter the fueling station at all hours.

At the neighborhood meeting on April 11, the town offered a commitment to restrict the use of the fueling station during the morning rush hour (8-8:30 a.m.). The town also assured the neighbors that the direction of entry and exit would correspond to the direction of Mount Lucas and require no traffic-stopping left turns. However, three weeks later, these commitments are not being enforced – police cars, school vehicles and a municipal dump truck have all been seen fueling during the morning rush and facing the wrong direction. It is unrealistic that these commitments will be enforced as they place a real hardship on our municipal staff to be limited in their re-fueling hours and routes.

In addition to safety and traffic concerns, neighbors and others living in the area, and those who must drive, bike, or walk through the area, find it incomprehensible that the town did not disclose its plans before construction and re-routing began.  All are shocked that the town government would allow this unsightly structure to be placed at one of the gateways to our town – let alone adjacent to their homes. They have also found the night time lighting to be intrusive, if not invasive.

Therefore, we strongly request that the town move the fueling station to a location that has fewer safety, traffic, and aesthetic problems. Surely the town’s procedures are not so rigid as to preclude listening and responding to the views of the many impacted citizens.

Sincerely yours,

Toshi Abe

Edward Baring

Katja Guenther

Jonathan and Carrie Besler

John Borneman

Linda Bosniak

Andrew Bush

Bevin Cahill

Anthony Yadao

Lindsay and Chip Casto

Reggie and Gloria Caudill

Robert Cerutti

Callie Hancock

Phyllis and Bryce Chase

Louisa and Austin Clayton

Nancy and Angelo DiMeglio

Elena Dotsenko

Konstantin Styrkas

Huck Fairman

Carol and Hal Feiveson

Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

Dayle Gillespie

Jill and John Guthrie

Liz Guthrie

Claudia Guzman

Eduardo Lopez

Sue and John Hurley

Louise Hutner

Deborah and Lawrence Jordan

Marcy and Antoine Kahn

Faith and Chris Kotsen

Debra Lambo

Dominic Vigiano

Carolyn Leeuwenburgh

Franklin Pierce

Roxanne and Jim List

Cate and Jim Litvack

Barbara Martin

Joe and Jeanne Mazzetti

Dr. Jack and Susan McCaskie

Michelle McKenna

Patrick Bernuth

Dana and Alberto Molina

Wendy and Joe Perello

Hilary Persky

Joyce and Mike Rappeport

Sara Reichart

Daniel Rogers

Dennis and Christine Scheil

Sylvie Schereen

Anne Seltzer

Louise Senior

Dunbar Birnie

Maria Shchelkova

Yakov Prokoshin

Sally and Jerry Skey

Kathy Taylor

Celia and Eric Tazelaar

Louis and Carolyn Torre

Ann Vehslage

Katerina Visnjic

Mark Ioffe

Vladimir Visnjic

Georgia Triantafillou

Joe and Mary Wisnovsky

Rob Woolfolk

Lee and Steve Yonish

Frank Zhao

Harold and Marilyn Jerry

Beverly Kestinis

Eleanor and Anna Pinelli

Teri McIntire

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