Your Sept. 4 article, “Growth bringing change, challenge to Chapin,” noted that Chapin has “a sense of small town neighborliness,” is family-oriented and wants to maintain its “small-town atmosphere and charm.” These are among the very reasons my wife and I picked Chapin as a place to retire and live out our lives. We hope it stays that way.
If Columbia Avenue is to be widened, so be it. But if that’s all that is done, the vehicles coming in to Chapin will still all end up at the same intersection at Chapin Road.
It would be nice to construct some sort of cut-through (bypass) from Columbia Avenue before downtown Chapin for easier access to Lexington Avenue, Amick’s Ferry Road and St. Peters Church Road. This could help school buses as well as others who live south of downtown — perhaps just another street, nothing major. At least it’s something to think about.