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Road opponents vow to carry on with fight

December 17, 1997

Road opponents vow to carry on with fight

By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Staff Writer

Opponents of a possible four-lane bypass of Robinwood Drive between Partridge Trail and Greenhill Drive presented the Washington County Commissioners with a petition with 441 signatures Tuesday and urged officials to choose another route.

Ned Garrett, the chairman of Concerned Citizens of Robinwood, told the commissioners that the bypass already was hurting property values along the proposed road.

"Neighborhoods should not be the scapegoat for poor county planning," he said. "We will oppose this plan as long as it takes."

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Attorney Howard Gilbert, representing Covenant Presbyterian Church, said the route didn't fit the common sense test.

Gordon Crabb, choir director at the church, said the traffic from the road would compete with singing at the church. He said kids often play in the woods behind the church where the road would go.

Donald Shinham, also of Partridge Trail, agreed that on paper, the alignment that would pass by his backyard "looks like a no-brainer." But Shinham said that the road's effects on the neighborhood should be taken into consideration and said other options would be better.

"It's not the best plan," he said.

Residents also were worried about possible safety hazards the new intersection would create on Jefferson Boulevard.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook told the group that no decision has been made. Public Works Director Gary Rohrer has been instructed to look at several alternative routes and present them to the commissioners, probably in early January.

Rohrer and Chief Engineer Terry McGee have said they preferred the alignment because it would affect the fewest number of homes and cost less than other alignments, such as buying up homes along one side of the existing Robinwood Drive to add two more lanes.

Regardless of the decision, the project isn't expected to be built for several years.

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