----- Original Message -----From: Moini, MehrdadTo: Jack VenrickCc: Posse, Myly ; Murphy, Mike ; Newman, Mike ; Rilling, Matt ; Simonsen, Randy ; Cook, Jeff ; East, Russ ; Roberts, Rick ; Brown, RobSent: Monday, May 07, 2007 1:19 PMSubject: RE: NO Roundabout or Light at SR 169 & SE 416th St IntersectionDear Mr. Venrick:
I apologize for the belated response to your original e-mail on April 25th and thank you for your subsequent e-mails you sent to us on May 5th. We appreciate your time to write and sending all the information on property rights and your views on the Government. Itís all helpful in getting us to better understand the community issues regarding the intersection and potential for a roundabout. As this was our first public meeting in the community regarding the intersection, we know that any changes will have much more involvement before we move forward. As you may already be aware, Senator Roach is asking for a transportation planning group to form in the area to address this and other transportation investments in the community. WSDOT will participate in these forums as requested by the Senator. While I understand that you and others in the community have many concerns about our approach to this roundabout project, I would like to emphasize that our primary focus is in addressing the safety issues along the SR169 at this intersection and the corridor in the Enumclaw area. We look forward to working with you, the community and your local officials on this in the near future, and will be sharing the results of the comment forms we received during our open-house at our next community meeting.
Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to e-mail or call me if there are any questions or further comments. Thanks again!
Mehrdād Moini, P.E.
WSDOT, Northwest Region, NB82-117
Phone: (206) 440-4312
Fax: (206) 440-4812
From: Jack Venrick [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:50 PM
To: Murphy, Mike; Moini, Mehrdad
Subject: Re: NO Roundabout or Light at SR 169 & SE 416th St IntersectionYou think I could get my address right after 30 years. Its 41250 250th Ave SE just west of the subject intersection less than a mile.Jack----- Original Message -----From: Jack VenrickSent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:33 PMSubject: NO Roundabout or Light at SR 169 & SE 416th St IntersectionDear Mr. Moini and Mr. Murphy:The last thing we need is a "roundabout" at this intersection. The name alone should give you enough reason. Roundabouts are for streets not highways or State Routes. The average speed on a roundabout is 15-25 MPH. SR169 speed is 45 MPH as well as 416th.Roundabouts require more land and take away private property. No private property owner wants his or her property taken away by big government. There is too much of this illegitimate stealing of private homes and land going on now, especially in King County.The idea is to increase the flow of traffic not slow everybody down to unacceptable reduced speeds going in circles.I have lived out here 30 years and am within a mile of the intersection. We already have a signal light at 400th and SR169. If people need a light to get onto SR169 during commute hours, let them use the 400th signal.Another signal is not the answer either SR169 is a highway not a street to force people to stop every mile or two. If you have to decide who waits a few minutes, let it be those on 416th, not the people on SR169. I say that as a property and home owner on 10 acres off of 416th near the intersection.There are any number of ways to get into Enumclaw and onto SR169 beside 416th. If people don't want to wait for a few minutes, they can go to 400th and use that signal to get on 169.We have too many signals lights on SR169 already. The DOT has added a new signal every few years between Enumclaw and Renton. You are turning the only highway we have north and sout bound in and out of Enumclaw into a rural stop and go street.Highway SR164 does not have any lights from Enumclaw to Auburn. Where is the evidence another light is needed on 416th. Just because a few people complain about this intersection or are impatient, does not justify stopping up SR169 for the vast majority of us locals and out of town people through this intersection.Jack VenrickRural property and home owner41250 250th Ave SEEnumclaw, WA