Safer road needed in Ches. City

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: BILL PANAGOPULOS CH­E­SA­PEAKE CITY

Re­cently, a young mo­tor­cy­clist was killed in a tragic ac­ci­dent in Ch­e­sa­peake City just in front of land now be­ing cleared for the con­struc­tion of a Dol­lar Gen­eral store.

This spot on Route 213 is at the apex of a curv­ing hill ris­ing from Bo­hemia Manor High School only a few hun­dred yards to the south, and the busy PNC Bank, a diner and many other stores the same dis­tance and down­hill to the north. The ac­cess to the con­struc­tion site is via a gravel drive­way at the very top of this dan­ger­ous hill and, I pre­sume, this same drive­way will be used by the new store.

Stu­dents, neigh­bors, and other pedes­tri­ans as well as cars al­ready rou­tinely cross the road at this point of the 50 mph high­way. Lo­cals must con­tend with gi­ant trucks and speed­ing au­to­mo­biles al­ready pass­ing through their town in straight and level ar­eas. Plac­ing the en­trance of what will un­doubt­edly be a very pop­u­lar lo­cal store at this much more dan­ger­ous lo­ca­tion will un­doubt­edly lead to more tragedy.

I urge state and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to con­sider traf­fic “calm­ing” mea­sures in this area, or oth­er­wise re­con­sider the ap­proval of the store at this lo­ca­tion.

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