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'Like I'm sleeping in an all night truck stop'to the editor,
Posted October 24, 2013
Hire a city company to diagnose traffic in Beeton, get a group of councillors that take their advice without analyzing or investigating or giving any consideration to the residents that would be affected, and you get a 4-way stop at the corner of Tecumseth and Main Street.
Of the three urban areas, Beeton has managed, until now, to maintain its small town atmosphere. Even though I live on Main Street, the trucks and traffic have never been a problem. I understood when I moved here that it was a thruway to Highways 27 and 400. Local industry is a necessity therefore big trucks.
Now, I feel like I'm sleeping in an all night truck stop, cars and trucks braking and starting again at the stop. (I also never realized how many cars need mufflers). Wouldn't a lower speed limit through town have created better results without affecting the people living on Main Street?
I understand that the town will be growing but has anybody given any consideration to not only traffic concerns (a minimum of 1,200 new cars), schools and our already lack of medical professionals? Has anyone tried to get a family doctor recently?
I voiced my concerns before the installation of the 4-way but it had already been approved by council. (I think the heavy trucks squealing to a stop at 3 a.m. are an infringement on the noise bylaw and being exposed to excessive amounts of diesel fumes are an unhealthy environmental issue). I was also told it would take up to six weeks to install in which time I was going to present my concerns to council.
Sleep deprivation and truck fumes are a deadly mix. When
speaking with other older residents of Beeton, their response was we
probably won't live to see the mess. Well I have children and
grandchildren living in this area. What about their quality of life?