The following is a response to a recent Speak Out editorial. The views expressed are solely those of the speaker.
As you might imagine, our recent editorial on the unused I-485 lane in south Charlotte drew some passionate responses…
From Gary Caldwell in Denver:
I would like to thank you for speaking out about the 485 widening project that obviously took all of us by surprise…I say to them and anyone else that thinks toll lanes on 77 will help, go to Atlanta, Ga.They added toll lanes on 85 and even in the busiest times of day the lanes are all but empty.
A viewer in Hickory concurred:
Thank you for publicly saying what many of us think: that the failure to allow the public to use the traffic lanes that their tax dollars (have paid) for is nothing but "manipulation" of the public!
Helen Hudson was even more incensed:
I am outraged that after all the construction and traffic jams we endured on this interstate before the extra lanes, we now are still in the same predicament…the only difference being we can sit in traffic and look at empty lanes as we suffer these delays…
And finally from Betty Prudden in Indian Trail:
Why did they have to finish a road 5 years in advance of opening it for traffic....while 485 from 77 to 85 on the northeast side is still not open?
Does anyone you know think an idle lane waiting to become a toll road is a good thing?
Just who, exactly, are our Representatives representing?