Hospital another red light for commuters

Published 12:10pm Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dear Editor,

Trinity Medical Center got the green light. Good for them. Although Shelby County will benefit from a more convenient hospital, the residents that commute on U.S. 280 every day just got another red light — one that holds a long, long time.

I moved to Chelsea 17 years ago. It used to take 10-15 minutes to get to work. Now it takes 25-40 minutes on a good day. I wonder how long it will take when thousands of employees are going to Trinity, along with the patient traffic.

I’ve been hearing talk about relieving the congestion on U.S. 280 since the day I moved to Shelby County. The intersection improvements under way will hardly make a difference when this hospital opens.

Will anything be done for the poor U.S. 280 commuters before this hospital opens? Ha! I believe it’s time for me to move.

Tena Walters

Chelsea

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  • Mike Jennings

    The new heavy-handed federal regulations on healthcare that are scheduled to go into effect soon will make all hospitals equally sorry, so then we will be getting crummy treatment at them all.

    Highway 280 was not planned properly in the first place since all of those “shangriladida” apartments and housing developments and shopping centers were never anticipated. 280 was just fine about 50 years ago, and I now believe that 280 should have been built more similar to I-65 with the elevated construction and limited numbers of exits and entrances so that the surface streets could handle the local traffic. There should be an exit at Lakeshore and the next exit in Chelsea and a third exit in Childersburg. That would keep traffic moving perfectly.

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