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Monday, January 25, 2010

Letter Writer Thanks Lakes Highway District

Here's a nice pat on the back for the Lakes Highway District contained in this letter to the editor of the Coeur d'Alene Press:

A few months back there were letters to the editor concerning the intersection of Prairie Avenue and U.S. 95. The problem was that vehicles were turning left from westbound Prairie Ave. into the Starbucks parking lot. This causes traffic problems and accidents.

When I had a near miss at this site with my grandchildren in my car, I knew it was time to take action. After a few days of research, it was found that a vehicle can cross over a double-double yellow line to enter or exit private property. These double-double yellow lines DO NOT represent a median strip as in other states.

This information was given to me by Major Wolfinger, Kootenai County Sheriff Department. He recommended contacting The Lakes Highway District. They recommended reading the minutes from the meeting on Dec. 21, 2009. These minutes said that there will be a temporary fix for this problem.

"Jersey Rails," portable traffic flow barriers, will be put in place within two weeks to try to solve the problem of this "accident prone" area. A permanent median is to be installed as soon as weather permits.

I would like to commend Lakes Highway District for its recognition of a severe problem in this area and hope that any reader who has had an accident, or a near miss, go to, and give it a message that you support its decision and please review the draft of the proposed revamping of the entire area. Thank you.

Coeur d'Alene

Has anyone else had major problems at Prairie and U.S. 95? I've been over there recently, but only at weird, off peak-traffic times so haven't noticed anything too crazy.

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