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On the left, is a shot of Verde River as it snakes through the western corner of the Verde Valley near the mouth of Sycamore Canyon, also known as the Little Grand Canyon.
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From the Red Rock news Editorials
Four-lane road would reduce
Kudos to Sharon Nagy, who, in her Red Rock News letter of June 23 expressed, in our opinion, the strong feelings of the “greater voices of choice” which are shared by the too often silent majority.
While traveling this road daily, we must always be aware of the constant “line crossers” (red rock mesmerism or just unskilled operators) and rear bumper encroachers. We procrastinate and note that we should editorialize our true feelings regarding this highway safety issue.
Well, here it is. We wholeheartedly support Nagy and the many others who have submitted their written opinions on the necessity of a four-lane highway that opens the road by doubling the existing highway space, which assuredly could never destroy the scenic beauty of the forests and red rocks.
It will, however, limit the needless spilling of the blood of locals and tourists alike, which has been and, we are certain, will continue to be spilled if the ignorance of preserving a two-lane disaster with “Band-Aid” pullouts is the course and direction selected.
Others have stated that any four-lane bifurcated highway is just as dangerous as an interstate. I suggest that this comparison (a four-lane Hwy. 179 vs. interstate highways 40, 10 or 17) is simply unrealistic.
A four-lane Hwy. 179 with a more stringent monitoring (by law enforcement) of a 40 mph speed limit is realistic and would drastically reduce the existing and potential risks of danger to life and limb.