The Community Decides What Highway Improvements Are Appropriate
Editorial by Angela Le Fevre
Sedona, AZ (September 15, 2011) – Imagine west Sedona in ten years. Do you see something MORE than a five lane commercial highway cutting through our town, with dozens of 35-foot tall lights, a suicide lane, strip malls, no greenery, and no new pedestrian crossings? If you do envision and want more, then you should vote YES for this ballot measure.
Now picture our main street’s possibilities: lit pedestrian crossings, landscaped medians to replace the suicide lane, trees, benches, walkways along the side of the road leading to pleasant squares, with stores, coffee shops, offering community gathering places for all. Friendly signs point to farmers markets, special events and other areas of interest. If you subscribe to this model for our future, then vote YES to support the Council’s decision to approve a route transfer agreement with ADOT.
Local ownership and control of our highway 89A will finally allow Sedona to decide what WE want, not what ADOT wants. ADOT specializes in super highways. They do NOT want to deal with roads that go through towns. A perfect example is 89A in West Sedona. Over 7000 people live here. Most of the traffic here IS local. If we do not gain control of 89a, we will be subjected to the will of those who think they know better – who will allow ADOT to tear up our sidewalks, our trees and install 108 35-ft tall street lights which the majority of people in Sedona do NOT want. Continuous streetlights are not the best solution to pedestrian safety….pedestrian crossways and appropriately placed medians are more effective. We should not let ADOT decide for us on this issue. Local control IS the only answer. Vote YES on the ballot issue.
The above represents my personal opinion, not that of any organization or commission I serve.