What a shame that the accident on Forest Drive that cost 81-year-old William Carroll his life had to be a wake-up call to repair this hazardous stretch of roadway where traffic seems to have swollen to the bursting point.
We have lived off N. Trenholm Road for more than 40 years. Forest Drive is virtually unavoidable for those of us in Forest Acres and neighboring communities. But lately we have been forced to discover alternative routes that keep us off Forest as much as possible.
Yet it is difficult to avoid a street when your grocery stores, restaurants, dry cleaning, alterations and other regular stops stand between you and the hordes of vehicles angling for an escape onto or from this hazardous highway, chiseled as it is with driveway after uneven driveway — some so close to one another that it’s hard to tell where one stops and the next begins.
Something must be done. And quickly. First, bar left turns completely from all driveways, even if that means circling the block to get to your destination. Next, provide wider and fewer driveways that would allow people to move off Forest ahead of their destinations on a level, evenly paved stretch with a speed limit of 5 mph. Add traffic lights to slow the deadly pace of traffic.
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Finally, promote alternative routes that would remove at least some vehicles from this infamous street.
Few would argue that Forest Drive really is “a jungle out there.” And the time for change is now — before another single life is taken unnecessarily.