Three Stooges run afoul of the law

I am extremely saddened by the news of another fatality accident on U.S. 2 between Snohomish and Monroe. This tragedy should have been avoided.

Less than two miles from this most recent accident site, the state Department of Transportation inventories concrete lane barriers – the type that could prevent this type of accident. They are visible from the highway, stacked up like cordwood.

Why is it not possible, or reasonable, to install these barriers down the middle of U.S. 2 from the Bickford Avenue exit all the way out to Monroe? There are scant few houses or businesses in this 7-mile stretch that would be inconvenienced. In fact, preventing some left turns off U.S. 2 in this stretch would eliminate further accidents.

What could possibly be the down side?

This scenario sounds suspiciously like the I-5 corridor in Marysville – cars getting into the on-coming lanes of traffic and innocent people getting killed. And the Department of Transportation is going to study the problem for a few more years and do nothing.

It’s time for the DOT (and its employees) to become responsible and accountable for these types of tragedies.

Rick Nolan


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