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Action needed on Route 646

December 23, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

I am a citizen of Richmond and have been for the past 21 years. In commuting to Steubenville, I and many other commuters, use state Route 646.

Due to oil drilling, the Wal-Mart Distribution Center and the Apex Landfill, state Route 646 has seen significant increases in truck traffic during the past few years. This traffic is a good sign of progress, development and job opportunities for the Ohio Valley. However, the rate of danger and the number of accidents also has increased during the past few years.

Recently, I was driving to the university I attend when I had to drive off the road in order to avoid a semi-truck carrying garbage that was in my lane. This incident has occurred many times during the last year, with various types of semis, each time causing me to swerve and even go off the road to avoid a collision. The drivers of these trucks see Route 646 on a map or GPS and think it is a shortcut, not realizing that many residents live on this road and that it is very narrow and windy.

There is a simple solution, which will not eliminate the problem, but will certainly decrease it: Place signs at all the entrances to state Route 646 stating "No Semi Traffic" or "Caution, Narrow Road" or something so as to deter misguided truck drivers from using that route and endangering drivers.

I know I am not the only driver who has encountered these trucks with their rather precarious operators. It is time to do something, before someone loses their life.

Rachel Keyser


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