Letter: Road 68 redux

July 17, 2014 

The June 19 article, "New hotel and movie theater coming to Richland," highlighted the additional growth of the Walmart-Target area on Dupertail Road in south Richland. Kennewick Irrigation District, the property's seller, was overjoyed with the sale, because it can now use the money for other developments while trumpeting the sale as "good for the Tri-Cities."

Unfortunately, while many KID managers and noninvolved public welcome the entertainment prospects, those who must travel through this area for shopping or commuting are less enthused as they contend with even more egregious traffic congestion and unsafe road accesses because of the current poor traffic flow design or lack of the required (and promised) road improvements to enhance traffic flow, such as the Dupertail bridge and Queensgate expansion.

One would have hoped that Richland could be cognizant of public safety and develop the area in a responsible manner, rather than giving carte blanche to developers' construction timetables; especially because this area provides only one of two practical entrances to West Richland.

Thank you, Richland, for thoughtful and measured planning, and we look forward to the city duplicating Pasco's Road 68 travel and shopping experience.

BOB LOBER, West Richland

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