Letter to the editor

Letter: Safety measures needed at Gorge Bridge

By Ed and Lauren Kollar, Taos
Posted 2/13/19

Let's consider the positive changes stated in John Miller's article ("Speed Limit Lowered at Gorge Bridge," Feb. 7). Yes, 35 miles per hour is a thumb's-up. But what about the pedestrian safety to …

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Letter to the editor

Letter: Safety measures needed at Gorge Bridge

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Let's consider the positive changes stated in John Miller's article ("Speed Limit Lowered at Gorge Bridge," Feb. 7). Yes, 35 miles per hour is a thumb's-up. But what about the pedestrian safety to and from the bridge? Concrete barriers designed to eliminate the vendors and the parking have also upped the odds of eliminating a pedestrian or two.

We need a sidewalk area to the bridge from the minimal roadside parking areas and several yards from the bridge. Put a safe walking path behind the concrete barriers so those of us who visit the bridge overlook will not have to walk on the highway right-of-way. Not an intelligent choice. Vehicles have the right-of-way.

1. Put speed radar signs at each entry to the bridge, showing drivers their speed. It works!

2. Put a safe entry path to and from the bridge.

3. And, for God's sake, open the large area adjacent to the road off of the highway to vendors. Many of us miss them. They were an esteemed tourist attraction.

Let's react before the next pedestrian is injured or killed. Remember the Texas gentleman who lost his leg?

– Ed and Lauren Kollar, Taos

Editor's note: The vendors have moved up to the Visitor Parking area southwest of the bridge in part to reduce risks to visitors shopping at their tables.

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