Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Signs leave much to be desired

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The Aug. 15 article, ‘‘Residents wait for dust to settle on neighborhood streets,” addresses a serious ongoing problem in the county.

An additional point that must be considered in this discussion is the issue of safety as it applies to bicyclist and motorcyclists. The method of paving discussed in the article creates a very serious risk to both of these groups. In a world with increasing energy costs where everyone is looking for ways to conserve, the local government is creating roads that are unfit for alternative forms of transportation.

Over the last several years it has become standard practice for roads to be covered with loose gravel during August, making these roads nearly impassable for two-wheeled transportation. As an afterthought, signs indicating loose gravel are haphazardly placed giving users of the road little or no warning as to the dangers ahead.

It seems to me that Montgomery County, one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, should be able to do better than this for its citizens.

Tim Coulson, Rockville