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Merrimon Widening Comment

Amelia: Faster driving speeds will make Merrimon more dangerous and less pleasant for all users, whether they are walking, biking, or driving

From: Amelia Nutter
Date: Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 4:11 PM
Subject: Proposed Road Widening of Merrimon Ave, Asheville
To: kbereis@hntb.com

Dear Ms. Bereis,

As an Asheville resident, I feel that the proposed changes to Merrimon Ave are inappropriate.  Faster driving speeds will make Merrimon more dangerous and less pleasant for all users, whether they are walking, biking, or driving.  My father walks on Merrimon on a regular basis, for exercise and to run errands.  Please keep the road safe for him and other users!
Widening the road is not good for local business and will make the street less attractive.  The current proposal will likely force local business to close. Local businesses are great for our economy and our community.  I would hate for business owners to close their stores so that cars can drive a little faster.
Please follow NCDOT and federal design standards and work with the City of Asheville to make changes to Merrimon Ave while following the Complete Street policy.  It is important to me, as a citizen of Asheville, to know that our streets are designed to benefit all users and to beautify our city.
Thank you for your time,
Amelia Nutter