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Turnpike Slip Ramp


Sally Willig letter to
Editor, Daily Local



Sarah A. Willig
190 Sycamore Lane
Phoenixville, PA 19460
(610) 933-3539
 
March 21, 1999
 
Dear Editor:
 
The March 20, 1999 headline "Commuters say slip ramp is 'necessary'" and ensuing article did not reflect the 12:00-1:00 session that I attended at Penn State Great Valley on March 19. A more appropriate headline would have been "Low Turnout and Opposition Mark Turnpike Meeting". In the first of two widely publicized lunch-time sessions, only 30 people or so including representatives of the PA Turnpike Commission and of the hosts, the Great Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Transportation Management Association of Chester County, met in classroom A-228. The majority of attendees' questions and comments were anti-slip ramp. Not one attendee, aside from the turnpike and its hosts, publicly commented that the slip ramp was "necessary''. To the contrary, most attendees expressed fears of traffic especially along Route 29 worsening as a consequence of slip ramp construction. It is dangerous to suggest that this is a battle between residents and commuters as most residents of the townships crossed by the project, Charlestown, East Whiteland, and Tredyffrin, are also commuters whose ability to get to work wherever that may be will be compromised by this project. Where do the commuters who are to benefit from this project live, anyway? Do their children attend the Great Valley Schools whose board has passed a resolution opposing the slip ramp on the basis of safety concerns? As the freight train that is the slip ramp project continues to barrel along, I implore the many citizens who have spoken out against this project to continue to do so by way of letter-writing to public officials. The voice of the people has spoken - 70% of Charlestown Township voters signed a resolution opposing the slip ramp on November 3, 1998 and 85% of respondents to the turnpike questionnaire opposed all slip ramp alternatives offered on February 25, 1999- and must not be stifled by the proposed "Community Advisory Committee". An external agency, the PA Turnpike Commission, and its advocates must not dictate our future destiny through construction of an unwanted slip ramp that will have the effect of undoing local zoning and opening the way for unbridled sprawl.
 
Sincerely,
 
Sarah A. Willig
Head of Chester County Citizens Opposed to the Slip Ramp 
 

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