Letters

December 23, 2007

Majority unhappy with I-95 options

After reading this article, "3 options under study for Harford I-95 stretch; No changes, highway widening, express toll lanes weighed at state hearing in Abingdon," [Dec. 16], I'd like to make a few comments.

The article did not mention that two of the options would need cement/concrete barricades. Those two -- the General Purpose Lanes, and the ETL (toll lanes) -- would require several miles of noise barricades to be installed along I-95 in Harford County. At present, the cost of building materials is rising, especially concrete, and cement. So not only are these walls unsightly, but they will be very costly. And guess who will pick up the tab for those? You and I with our tax dollars that are already increasing, or soon will be!

As for the safety considerations mentioned in the article, where are those vehicles going to go if they're in the toll lanes and there's a breakdown or accident?

We as a county and a state have to stand up and let our voices be heard. A majority of the people attending that hearing were NOT happy with what was presented, and we need to let that be known to one and all.

Carolyn Hicks Joppa

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