To the editor of THE EAGLE:
While I totally agree with the opinions expressed by Wayne Louis Miller in his Sept. 30 letter to the editor "Replace Dalton’s hazardous PO," I’d like to take the issue further. All persons entering the converging streets and locations listed by Mr. Miller are in danger on that section of Main Street. Whether walking, driving, biking, or using mobility facilitated devices, it is very difficult to access that roadway safely.
Mr. Miller accurately pinpointed the main factor creating this hazardous situation, namely, the excessive speed of the traffic flowing in either direction. The majority of the offending drivers are also negligent in observing and responding to the traffic, both foot and vehicle, entering and leaving Main Street at this location. They seldom slow down, often ignoring persons in the crosswalk, and zooming around vehicles making turns. When one enters the roadway many of the oncoming drivers continue to speed right up to one’s vehicle and follow much too closely, taking the slightest opportunity to speed past and continue in this manner following and passing other vehicles, until they reach Pittsfield traffic lights.
This issue is discussed with trepidation by many Dalton residents. While re-locating the Dalton Post Office might be a viable solution to part of the problem, much more needs to be done. One suggestion might be to locate a set of traffic lights in front of the post office which would assist all or most of the converging traffic and pedestrian issues. Signs listing the speed limit and other warnings posted along the roadway would also help to remind drivers that they are entering a thickly settled district.
Dalton is a very beautiful town to live in. Addressing this very dangerous situation would also make it a safe place in which to live.