Thurman Speaks About Making the Loop 101 Into a Toll Road

I submitted the following blurb as a Letter to the Editor of the Arizona Republic on 1 December 2005.

   On 1 December 2005, the Republic printed a Letter to the
   Editor by Willard Munsterman of Phoenix titled: "Interstate 
   17 needs toll roads."  I've been advocating that the Loop 
   101 become a toll road.  The Loop 101 (at least between 
   south Tempe and mid-Scottsdale) has been broken since the 
   day it opened.  Adding additional lanes (including a HOV 
   lane) won't work beyond a short initial period.  It appears 
   as though light-rail from south Tempe/Chandler to north 
   Scottsdale along the Loop 101 is a moot point; therefore, 
   I say make Loop 101 a toll road.  Will it reduce traffic?  
   No, but it could raise lots of money and it could reduce
   raceway driving during the off-hours.
Loop 101 Extra

It appears as though ADOT (Arizona Department Of Transportation) wants to do something to improve the north Loop 101 to west Loop 202 interchange. In a nutshell: good luck. Anything they do will only be short-term "fix" (basically busy-work for ADOT workers).

   "That merge is pretty nasty," said Eric Anderson, transportation 
    director for the Maricopa Association of Governments. "It really 
    doesn't work very well." 

To Eric Anderson, you should drop the "very well" when it "doesn't work very well."

Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 29 November 2005