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In the highway 199 paved with good intentions?
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Author Topic: In the highway 199 paved with good intentions?  (Read 3407 times)
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« on: January 02, 2008, 03:18:44 PM »

Maybe two weeks ago I was driving from GP on my way to the coast. It was a dark and stormy night, which seemed to be the icing on the cake of a dark and stormy day. It's been nearly a year since I've set foot on Cave Junction soil and my erstwhile companion mentioned how much her daughter loved Taylor's smoked turkey and various links and how much her husband adored their beef jerky. "No problem!" I said. Visibility was poor and we were just passing through Kerby and hadn't quite made it to the new construction around Laurel. Talk about an adrenaline rush! This was an unexpected displeasure. I could see the barrels and markers and the precarious edge of the roadway and felt genuinely sorry for those businesses that would probably go under because during the one part of the "off peak" season when most money is to be made, in the perception of those who do not know their way around CJ, the reaction was to Just Keep Driving Because This Is All Too Weird. Fortunately, I'd lived in the area for several years and do know my way around the town. So I made the right at the light near ShopDumb and went around the back way to Taylor's parking lot. I am happy to say that the lady I was transporting spent around $80 loading up on holiday treats and she now knows a bit more about navigating CJ when it appears businesses fronting 199 are out of reach. I should be astonished at the lousy timing and poor planning that's gone into this bit of roadwork. But as I wrote earlier, I'd lived in the area for several years and so nothing surprises me anymore. It is sad to consider how many people here in Curry know about great businesses in the Valley who would love to stop and drop some dough but instead drive straight through to the coast now that the highway through town looks absolutely precarious. Maybe by daylight, things look a bit more inviting. But I doubt it. And now with ice and snow moving in...? It's lost business AND disasters waiting to happen.
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2008, 08:47:24 AM »

If you believe the timing was "lousy" and the planning was "poor" you should talk to the state as they are the ones who contracted the construction and the timing for same. " that the highway through town looks absolutely precarious."? The highway "through town" looks the same as it always has so I'm not sure what you are attempting to say as your statement makes no sense. The Highway improvements, between Laurel and the main part of town (where the tourist businesses are located) have been in the works for a long time and they were not a spur of the moment decision as you make it sound. From both North and South the construction area is identified well, if one is paying attention rather than yakking with passengers or on ones cell phone. I do agree that it is rather dark, especially at 5AM, but it wasn't any better lit before construction began. All any of us can do is slow down and pay attention until construction is completed.

As for any lost business, there are only 5 businesses and 1 church that are directly affected by the construction, and Taylor's is not one of them. (IV Golf Course, SCHC, A+MS, Precision Glass, Z Coffee) The only one of these that would be directly affected by tourist business would be Z Coffee as most tourists aren't going to stop at a mini storage facility or glass shop on a whim. These businesses are affected but they are all local traffic, not tourist businesses. Z Coffee may have some lost business but there always seems to be a line when I drive by there.

When the construction is finished (whenever that will be) the access to these businesses, businesses currently under construction (Fields) and future construction, will be better and safer than it was previously or is now. There will still be the boneheads that pull out in front of you from both the businesses and the residential areas, but that is only going to get worse as time goes by and the age of the residents goes up.

Oh the joys of "rural" living.

When seconds matter, the police are only minutes away.
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