Your Views: Traffic control needed at foot of King Street

Your Views: Traffic control needed at foot of King Street
The 100 block of King Street. (Photo Credit: Missy Schrott)

To the editor:

As usual, on most weekends, especially during this period of the pandemic, I’ve encountered massive traffic jams driving north on Union Street toward King Street. Due to the heavy pedestrian traffic at the King-Union intersection, there is generally a one-block backup of cars in both directions. Since no vehicles move for extended periods of time, a relative “zoo” is always created.

This intersection continues to be a major problem for both pedestrians and vehicles, especially during the peak traffic hours and on weekends. Additionally, the shutdown of the 100 block of King Street has added to this problem.

Unfortunately, there is scant police presence at this intersection, and if by chance they are there, they do nothing to alleviate the dilemma of cars versus pedestrians.

Many citizens have appealed to have police officers direct traffic at this intersection, and at others that are similarly congested. However, it is evident that a conscious decision has been made not to use the police in this capacity.

If this is the case, then why not use the personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, a traffic enforcement officer or even one of the school crossing guards? This is a problem that needs resolution now!

-Townsend A. “Van” Van Fleet, Alexandria