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Rhetoric pushes bounds of civility

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Once completed, people are generally pleased with result

I am compelled to respond to recent letters to the Los Alamos Monitor regarding the proposed improvements to N.M. 502, locally named Trinity Drive. One was published April 16, written by  Anthony Amsden and the other printed April 19, in the ViewPoint section, by Norman Delamater.
These writers echo the opinions of a number of vocal detractors, and both of these writers are under the false impression that four lanes means better traffic flow. If one were to consider only the difference between four and two lanes, they would be correct, but they are missing the point.
The alternatives, in the extremes, are four lanes with traffic lights (more or less our current situation), and two lanes with no traffic lights (Option A1).
The principal benefit to traffic flow is the elimination of the signals. Most of N.M. 502 is two lanes already, and the metering of traffic on and off the hill is controlled by the existing two-lane section that runs from the Y (intersection with N.M. 4) to DP Road.
Traffic flows continuously and smoothly along this part of the highway. The roundabouts, with no traffic lights or stop signs, would allow that free flow of traffic to continue all the way to Diamond Drive. If the Diamond/Trinity intersection was also free of signals, the flow of traffic could continue, unimpeded, to Omega Bridge and the lab.


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