From today’s Times-News letters to the editor:
The Greenville Highway-Shepherd Street-Erkwood Road intersection will be closed for three months to complete the unneeded, unwanted traffic circle. Unneeded because road realignment with proper signaling would have been less expensive and more effective, unwanted because of the destruction to a scenic road.
Traffic will detour onto Rutledge Road at St. John’s Church, working its way back to Erkwood. Rutledge is a narrow road with a one-lane bridge that folks drive over like they are on the interstate. The speed limit is 35 mph, routinely ignored; as narrow as it is, 25 would be a better limit.
Run your car up to 70 and drive into a wall to see what two cars will look like in a 35-mph head-on. The road is narrow enough that modern pickups will clank side mirrors as they pass each other unless they move to the edges, which have drainage ditches within a foot.
During this detour, all trucks more than four wheels should be kept off the road, and it should be monitored by the Sheriff’s Office for speed violations. If not, we will be reading about some pretty spectacular wrecks in the Times-News.
Clint Wilde, Hendersonville