Providence citizens petition against road plans
By Analisa Coats
Upset citizens appealed to the Council at Tuesday night's meeting with over 200 signatures, urging members not to approve a resolution that would continue 220 West Street through their neighborhood. Following an hour-long debate, the Council tabled the resolution for further discussion.
The proposed road would provide another access from Millville to 280 North Street as well as connecting with Bluff Street through several family subdivisions. But the residents of the Spring Creek subdivision don't want it.
"We didn't buy a house so that we could have a road running right through there," said Michelle Rogerson.
The main concern of Spring Creek is the 75 children living there. Many fear that a new road would greatly increase traffic, also increasing the possibility of a child getting injured or killed.
Councilman Jay Hicken pointed out that another entrance to the subdivision would increase safety, allowing emergency vehicles to get in and out should the sole entrance to the neighborhood be blocked.
"You have to understand that this isn't a case of the city against the citizens," Hicken said. "This doesn't need to be a battle-we just work it out the best we can on both sides."
Planning and Zoning Commissioner Carol Jensen added that a continuation of 220 West Street would help to balance traffic in other areas of Providence.
"If we have a more grid-type system, we won't have to have any one road bear the brunt of traffic," she said.
The proposal is not a new idea. It was recommended by the Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization, who once anticipated the road to be part of a major route, passing through River Heights as well as Providence. However, the plan was not supported by River Heights.
Providence has been considering it for about six years.