From: Jane Cowgill
Let us be clear about the Traffic Impact Analysis passed by the City Council on Monday, June 3 (and touted in a large headline in the Winona Daily News). As stated in that article, the Traffic Impact Analysis would NOT cover any of the truck routes in the city, but only the few streets between the truck routes and the end site. Now, it is the truck routes where the potential traffic problems lie, but the city has consistently ignored the repeated pleas of citizens that a traffic analysis be done which would consider the impact of hundreds of new trucks on traffic problems in town, on noise levels, on pollution levels of silica sand and diesel particulates, on bicyclists and walkers, and on the general quality of life which will undoubtedly deteriorate. Consider, for example, the truck route on Mankato Avenue which runs past the hospital, the emergency room entrance, the entrance to shopping malls, the railroad tracks, and an elementary school, not to mention the houses of citizens who live along the route. How will this route be affected by hundreds of new trucks? We don’t really know because no study at all has been undertaken despite a year’s moratorium. The passage of the city’s idea of a TIA is, therefore, no cause for celebration.
Really, when you think about it, to have a Traffic Impact Analysis which does not include truck routes within the city is reminiscent of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, “curiouser and curiouser.” Alice eventually gets to wake up from her unsettling dream, but we are preparing for a nightmare.