Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
Regarding the ‘mish-mash’ of the city’s roadways as described by your front page article Monday concerning the, dare I say it, ‘bulb out’, on Airport Way between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road, the Mayor and the City Council really need to sort this out. I must profess my ignorance, but do the Mayor and the Council ever talk to one another except on Tuesday nights? The roads in Manteca are a crazy quilt and a mess, and the policy that’s in place now may have been fine in 1908, but it’s certainly missing the mark today.
A good example is the new road work on Airport Way adjacent to the recently built car wash. You take your life in your hands if you try to turn left from Airport Way onto Wawona Street. There is no light, and no left turn lane, so you have to stop and block all of the traffic on south bound Airport Way, which in fact does not stop, but just shifts over to the shoulder of the road. City policy makes it the responsibility of the car wash developer to modernize the roadway out to the center line, but the private homeowner who lives on the other side of the center line will probably never be placed in a position where they have to upgrade their side of the road. This ridiculous system does nothing but place motorists in danger. And then there are the traffic lanes that don’t line up on North Union Road and Union Road at Yosemite Avenue and West Yosemite Avenues. And the giant bulge in the intersection at Airport Way and West Yosemite Avenue, and I’m sure that there are others that are equally dangerous.
The city’s policy concerning the layout of our roadways may have been fine back in the horse and buggy days, but I would encourage our city leaders to come up with a plan that better meets our needs and safety requirements of today.