I oppose the closing of a portion of Goethals Avenue at Kadlec Regional Medical Center's request.
For a bicyclist, Goethals is a wide street without too much traffic that allows access from the north end of Richland to the south end. It is flat and easy to ride.
Stevens Drive is narrow north of Williams, has a hill near Long Street and has much more traffic. Jadwin Avenue also has much more traffic and is curvy.
There are few other through streets that one can use to get to the library and other businesses on the south end of Richland.
Kadlec claims that most people who are using Goethals are going to Kadlec anyway, but that is not what I observed when I watched traffic near Swift Boulevard and Goethals a few weeks ago.
Important also: Closing access to the emergency entrance of the hospital from Williams limits access to their emergency department.
If there was an accident that blocked Swift, one would not be able to get to the emergency department at Kadlec. Let Kadlec build a pedestrian tunnel or overpass if they want access to their facilities on the other side of Goethals.
TIMOTHY PETERS, Richland