Today’s Times-News includes two letters to the editor about the Kanuga Road project:
The Kanuga project meeting reported 233 wrecks on Kanuga over the past five years. The cause is not roadway, one word — speed. This project will not improve the wreck situation, and it might worsen it as folks will now go faster and hit what remaining trees are left.
Kanuga/White/Hebron can be improved by light timing so a green for traffic on White is also green at Kanuga and Hebron so folks can turn right without backing up to White, and vice-versa for Hebron onto Kanuga.
Kanuga/State/Erkwood intersection needs help; a simple leading green light out of town on Kanuga would alleviate 90 percent of the backups. A sign that states no left turns from 8-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. from Kanuga would be cheaper. The intersection of Price and Kanuga needs that utility pole in the northwest corner moved back.
Dropping the speed limit to 35, better yet 30, from town to Crab Creek is the only solution. Kanuga Road is not a state road, it is through a long neighborhood with upward of 150 driveways and roads intersecting it.
Fix a few intersections, lower the speed, save a lot of money and make folks a lot happier.
Clint Wilde, Hendersonville
Anyone who uses Kanuga Road should be aware of the changes NCDOT is planning to make.
A roundabout will replace the traffic signal at the intersection of White and Kanuga. The car wash and veterinarian’s office will be gone and other businesses will be cut off. Access to Kanuga from Hebron at Norm’s will disappear. The traffic light at Norm’s goes away, and a median will prevent left turns there. The apartments across the street won’t be able to make a left turn out. Pedestrians will cross with no signals stopping traffic.
These are just a few of the dramatic changes on the drawing board. The prospect is that most businesses there will wither away as drivers find ways to avoid the circle and learn that getting in and out of businesses in that area is dangerous.
The roadway will be lined with curbs and retaining walls, and trees will be removed.
If this isn’t your vision for Kanuga, please contact City Council members, county commissioners and NCDOT and let them know. There is contact information online. It is not too late to be heard, but time is short. Right-of-way acquisition starts soon for projects R-5748 and U-5886.
Marilyn Gordon, Hendersonville