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Intersection frustrating

Editor, The News:

I am a resident  of the Morningside subdivision, off Hammond Road in Pitt Meadows.

My family and I use the shopping Meadowtown shopping centre often, almost daily. My 16-year-old son has a part-time job there.

We love the convenience of having this mall so close to us, but are starting to getting frustrated with the intersection at Dunn Avenue and Maple Meadows Way.

Right now, this intersection is a nightmare and we, as taxpaying residents, are expected to just deal with this?

Since the completion of Golden Ears Bridge in June  2009, we where told that the present  three-way stop procedure would be temporary, while the District of Maple Ridge  and TransLink came up with a solution to the problem, which arose because of the train tracks.

Now, this is confusing to a lot of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows residents as there are lights in place, but not activated. Not only do we have to drive all the way around Dunn Ave to 200th Street only to end up where we started, but gas is more than $1.35 a litre.

The whole situation is frustrating, especially when the whole reason for it is that two parties can’t settle on a solution, but can take our taxes, both through our property and our gas usage.

So to avoid the drive around, people are pulling a U-turn in the middle of Dunn Avenue, which is unsafe.

Also, walking there is another nightmare, because the installed lights are not activated, there is no safe  pedestrian crosswalk.

Drivers are either  focusing on the three-way stop procedure or pulling a U-turn and sometimes don’t even see the pedestrian.

I think I speak for a lot of taxpaying people, we have waited long enough for a safe solution for both drivers and pedestrians.

Janet Mullen

Pitt Meadows

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