Unfortunately, one of the downsides of our prosperity in the Tri-Cities is the increased automobile traffic. I've witnessed this increase firsthand while living just off Steptoe Street for 17 years.
It was once a quiet two-lane road that became a four-lane high-traffic, high-speed, thoroughfare connecting Gage Boulevard to Highway 240 on-ramps to Kennewick and Richland.
Today, an extremely dangerous situation exists just trying to exit from the various subdivisions north of Gage Boulevard. Three conditions make it almost impossible to safely exit these subdivisions onto Steptoe from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The worst is the sheer volume of traffic traveling between 45 and 50 mph. Another is the difficulty determining which lane approaching cars occupy. Lastly, the crest on Steptoe just south of the Ridge subdivision blocks the view of oncoming traffic until the last second.
Additional Steptoe extensions south of Gage Boulevard and the increasing number of homes and high-density apartments will only make the traffic situation worse. I wonder how Richland and Kennewick are going to manage the additional traffic.
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JOE CORDER, Kenewick