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Web letter by Gwen Gutwein: Na´ve to believe expanded State Boulevard won’t attract trucks

It seems city officials are saying they have no desire to make State Boulevard a truck route (“State-widening foes fear urban highway,” Oct. 7). I have been to several meetings discussing the 2030 transportation plan. The plan appears to lean toward State Boulevard’s being a throughway for truck traffic.

As a resident near East State Village, I, along with thousands of others, will be negatively affected by any road plan that makes it possible for truck traffic to shortcut Coliseum Boulevard, shoot down State Boulevard and jump back on the highway either via the Maplecrest Road bridge if they are heading east, or if going west then it is a quick jump onto Goshen Road and out. I believe it says in the 2030 transportation plan that this route will help alleviate some of the heavy traffic on Coliseum Boulevard. Was not Coliseum Boulevard meant to be a city bypass for trucks? And what about I-469? Why not improve upon use of Coliseum Boulevard and 469?

All this seems to be so absurd as to be unbelievable. Any reasonable person can think through this scenario and come up with a huge list of negative effects on our neighborhoods. Any positives? I can’t think of one.

I agree that the curve on State Boulevard slows down traffic. I think that is a good thing. Yes, the intersections through that area could be tweaked a bit. But raising the grade and straightening the curve to accommodate truck traffic will do just that, accommodate truck traffic. If a person looks at the city grid, the north/south routes of Maplecrest/Adams Center roads and Hillegas/Hugenard plus Goshen Road, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the problem coming. Sure, our city can put up all the “No trucks" signs it wants, but if you build it they will come.

There go the neighborhoods.

GWEN GUTWEIN

Fort Wayne

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