, Salem, MA

October 12, 2012

Letter: Danvers traffic cause for frustration

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

I read with a great deal of interest the recent article on Danvers traffic. As a homeowner who is located right “in the middle” of this “confusion,” I believe that the article downplayed the adverse conditions that this redesign has caused.

First and foremost, it seems to be going on endlessly, and at all hours of the day! My family is awakened early in the morning and late in the evening to the sounds of all sorts of construction equipment. The project has caused a tremendous amount of dirt to be floated into the air, and being that we’ve been experiencing a year of warmer-than-normal temperatures, we seem to be dusting furniture and floors and washing windows almost on a daily basis. Not to mention the sighting of rats, not only in the neighborhood but in my pool, as well. And, for what? So that we can be faced with longer-than-ever traffic lines. My family has lived on the corner of Liberty and Elliott streets for some 30 years, and NEVER have we had to deal with the long lines and unsafe conditions. To my knowledge, the “study” for this project was done a good many years back. Did anyone think that perhaps it should have been reviewed prior to creating this debacle? And to continue to read that the problem is mainly due to the timing/coordination of traffic lights and roads not being marked properly for lane use is insulting. I would respectfully ask the consultants who make these comments to spend a few hours on my property and witness the confusion, never mind the constant honking of horns and road-rage episodes, which seem to be almost daily.

Lastly, while all of the above is “causing headaches,” I’d be more than interested to know who approved the spraying of the unsightly weeds around the project. Don’t you think it should have been grass to match the landscape of the residential areas?

Rick Gauthier

48 Liberty St.