Letter: Traffic issues not good for people or business

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To the Editor:This letter is in response to the horrendous traffic jam on Thursday, July 18, where I sat in traffic on Route 11 for more than an hour and a half on my attempted way to Weston.I left my usual Thursday bridge game in Manchester a little after 4 pm. I was prepared for a maximum 15-20 minute delay going East on Route 11 because road construction was still in process for the past week. However, as I left the outskirts of Manchester, I was forced , like many other drivers, into coming to a virtual standstill. There was no usual taking turns, allowing the other lane to proceed while you waited for your turn. There was just an endless line up of vehicles with no movement whatsoever. I saw a few sheriff vehicles, and other cars with flashing lights, but there was no one who was directing or managing the lack of movement. It took me more than two hours to get to my home in Weston which meant I had to forego attending the evening concert at the Manchester Music Festival. We had purchased the tickets quite awhile ago, and were looking forward to this event. What disappointed and angered me was the apparent lack of planning and foresight on the part of the road crew supervisors. They knew in advance that this particular roadwork was going to present much more of a delay than in the past week. They did not seem to take any extra measures to ensure that traffic would continue to flow, even if at a slow pace.I am not the only person who had to cancel plans to attend the concert. This kind of poor planning is not good for people's psyches, nor is it good for the local businesses.Linda Einhorn Ihde,Weston

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