Jack McElroy’s letter (TCH, April 21) about connecting Queensgate from Keene up to Shockley seems to be motivated primarily by his desire not to see dump trucks going by on Meadow Hills Drive while he is lounging on his patio.
More irritating — and hazardous as well — is drivers trying to navigate the single lane of traffic created by all the vehicles — cars, pickups, campers, ice cream trucks — parked along the 1600 block of the street. This in a neighborhood where almost all homes have two- or three-car garages. Dump truck traffic is temporary and occurs during the day. The on-street parking is round-the-clock and apparently permanent.
The assertion that no one is taking the route via Shockley to Keene/Queensgate is erroneous. Many living in the area usually take that route to the commercial area on Duportail or to access I-82.
It would be more convenient if the two sections of Queensgate were connected. However, first modifying the Queensgate/Keene intersection and overpass to accommodate the heavy flow of traffic that occurs during morning and evening rush hours would make it more convenient for all drivers using that route — not just for those of us who live in the Westcliffe area.
Brenda E. Sartoris, Richland