Not to beat a dead horse, but it mystifies me why common sense hasn’t prevailed in the Upper Great Highway (UGH) opening/closing debate. But I guess common sense is not all that common.
It seems fairly obvious to all but the smallest percentage of people, that if the highway is going to be open to traffic during the week, it’s ludicrous to close the highway at noon on Fridays. At a time when the north/south heavy Friday commute traffic can’t use the roadway. And for Rec. and Park to claim there is no one available to lock the gates at say, 9 p.m. Friday is even more astounding to hear.
It makes no sense at all to close the UGH to traffic at noon on Fridays. With the non-stop excavation work on 19th Avenue, and Sunset Boulevard becoming a parking lot on Friday afternoons, the Sunset District’s streets between Lincoln Way and Sloat Boulevard – with their speed humps, street closures, sewer work, stop signs every block and PGE gas line replacements, etc. – have become a motorists and district residents nightmare.
Traffic flooding streets never designed to handle the thousands of cars trying to get north and south on Friday afternoons has created an epic problem for the district. If only the City’s responsible leaders could simply rectify this problem by keeping the UGH open all day on Fridays, they would do a tremendous service to the southwest end of the City.
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