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Voice: Editorial on Center Street helped fight dangerous problem

May 01, 2002

Re: your Editorial, April 19, "Making a Safer Center":

Thank you for calling attention to the difficult situation that exists in Westmorland and, particularly, on South Center Street.

Every day for 24 hours a day, an unbelievable number of trucks rumble north on Forrester Road and into Westmorland on Center Street. They come from the east and west on Highway 86, turning south on Forrester in great numbers.

This is a burden that seems unbearable for any small town. Of course, safety is a great concern. At times seniors, children and ordinary citizens crossing the street and going to the post office and the grocery store are risking their lives. But what about the exhaust fumes, the noise of shifting gears and squealing brakes?

Some may think the truck traffic is good for business in Westmorland. However, only a tiny fraction of the trucks that pass through stop to do business. Their main contribution is to keep Center and Main streets furnished with deep ruts. Automobile traffic poses problems but can't be compared to the truck traffic.

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Federal, state and county agencies should feel responsible for this situation that has worsened in the last few years and do something to help the city of Westmorland.

RUTH WALKER

Westmorland

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