Neighborhood Traffic Problems

RECEIVED Mon., May 24, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Tell the folks in the Old West Austin Neighborhood Association that we share their pain over cut-through traffic and the city's inability (and unwillingness) to deal with it. Along with speeding cars, we in the Morningside-Ridgetop and Harmon Triangle neighborhoods also contend with 18-wheelers periodically cruising down our residential streets, which has frequently resulted in ripping down television and phone cables. Although we've asked the city to do something (how would you like having your phone box ripped off your house every three months?), nothing has happened.
   We're one of the neighborhoods surrounding Mueller. Traffic issues relating to the old airport's redevelopment have been a huge concern with the neighborhood groups dealing with Mueller, especially with the idea to put regional retail in the northwest corner of the site. Once construction starts, the cut-through traffic will increase. One would think that this would be an issue that the city would act on immediately. But one, apparently, would be wrong.
Christopher Burnett
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