The issue of Wal-Mart really boils down to the congested traffic both on 19th and on Mildred, along with the many other issues. I sat at the end of my block on 19th street and 55 cars passed me before I was able to turn right. Unfortunately it is like a mini freeway. Most of the time during the day you are unable to ever turn left toward the college. During certain periods, you can’t turn left or right out of the Fircrest side streets. The traffic is already too congested both on 19th and on Mildred. Unlike the Bridgeport store there are only two lanes of traffic with a turn lane in front of the proposed store. The experience of proceeding onto Mildred from the stores, restaurants and the college that already exist is hazardous.
Unfortunately we also have to come home on 19th from the freeway and other destinations east of my home. It is like Russian roulette trying to figure out where to turn on any of the roads without being rear ended. There is no turn lane and it is an accident waiting to happen in this high traffic area. If you have any questions about the traffic problem please come and see for yourself, especially if you live in Lakewood.
55 year resident of Fircrest
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