Letters to the Editor

Citizens for ICW

We represent a fast-growing group of citizens called Citizens for a Better Island Crest Way Corridor, which is focused on providing accurate information regarding the Island Crest Way three-lane road reconfiguration. The group has recently launched a fact-based Web site at www.mercerislandABC.org which outlines all of the details, history and data associated with this important decision. The site provides an accurate resource for those who are either unaware or have misinformation about the proposal being considered, and is intended to help citizens create an informed opinion.

Simply put, the reconfiguration of Island Crest Way is a highly cost effective and minimally invasive proposal for decreasing traffic accidents and increasing pedestrian safety in our most dangerous corridor. The approach provides dedicated lanes for thru-traffic with a center lane for left-turning vehicles that eliminates weaving traffic. Turn-outs for buses smooth traffic flow, and center islands dramatically improve east-west pedestrian traffic. It is one of the least costly options on the table and addresses the safety issues for the entire corridor — from 42nd to 47th, not just the Merrimount intersection. Best of all, it would cost drivers only seconds in commute time even during the highest peak traffic periods.

The Mercer Island City Council will soon consider options for the corridor. The three-lane reconfiguration has been proven highly successful in dozens of communities that surround us. Please take the time to understand the real facts of the proposal without the political rhetoric by going to this Web site (www.mercerislandABC.org) and reviewing the information. Then let your views be known to your neighbors, friends and our City Councilmembers.

Citizens for a Better Island Crest Way Corridor

Jonathan Harrington

Sam Hickman

Elliot Newman

Bonnie Wojciehowski

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