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September 7, 2012

Letters to the editor - Friday, Sept. 7, 2012

City, county should make Center safer

The 2 mile stretch of Center Road between Dixon Road and U.S. 31, on the south side of Kokomo, is an accident waiting to happen.

It is a very heavily traveled road. It is very narrow, has no shoulder and is in terrible condition. There are several housing areas and an apartment complex along this stretch.

This road should have a bicycle lane or at least a very wide shoulder when it is repaved, which needs immediate attention. One mile of it is along the south side of Jackson Morrow Park, which would make this section very easy to make a bike path, or extend the walking path around the south side or at least make a wide shoulder.

I travel this road a lot, and I see kids walking, bicycling and even skateboarding over to the park. Jackson Morrow is a very nice park, but kids have no safe access to the park from the east, west or south.

Center Road could be a very nice road, as it already has a nice roundabout. I go 2 miles out of my way to avoid this road at night or if it is raining.

Also, if you are going east and approaching U.S. 31, it is very hard to tell which lane goes straight. There is one arrow painted on the road telling you which lane turns left and which lane goes straight, but if there is one car ahead of you (and there is usually several), you cannot see the arrows.

I see cars all the time that want to go straight, but they get in the turn lane because they cannot see the lane arrows. It would be very easy to put signs above the road on wires that show the straight lane and the turn lanes. My wife and I have both called the highway department on this to no avail.

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