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Rush hour(s) in Maple Leaf already bad, about to get worse?

February 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Only three major arterials run north-south through the heart of Maple Leaf, and they’re all increasingly clogged during the morning and afternoon commuter rushes.

It’s now not uncommon in the afternoon, for instance, to see a solid row of cars crawling southbound on Fifth Avenue all the way from Rick’s Chevron at 85th Street to the bridge over Interstate 5. Sometimes with the most unlikely vehicles.

Especially during the morning commute, 15th Avenue can pile up for blocks, and Roosevelt Way, which recently was stop and go  northbound from  N.E. 75 to Cloud City Coffee, will likely get worse within weeks when the 15th Avenue bridge closes for the next year or so.

Anybody know exactly what’s happened? Is it just population growth? I-5 commuters cutting through our neighborhoods? Are there hard statistics on traffic growth? Do we need more street lights?

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