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Letter to the editor
Traffic solutions needed for Market Place
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Forsyth County News
As a resident of Cumming, I have always been concerned about the traffic patterns (or lack of traffic patterns) along Market Place Boulevard.  

The constant flow of traffic — into and out of Wal-mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target and a variety of other stores and merchants has always amazed me, with people making left turns into and out of parking lots.  

I have watched too many near misses and, to be honest, try to avoid driving the road in fear of some inattentive driver who just looked the wrong way at the wrong time.

This afternoon (Saturday) it happened.  I can’t tell you all the specifics, but a large Lincoln, going northbound on Marketplace had to swerve to avoid hitting a southbound van which was apparently in the wrong lane after leaving one of the parking lots.  

Swerving left, the Lincoln hit a Tahoe and then went out of control, across two lanes of traffic, mounting the curb, crossing the grass and finally hitting several parked cars in the Kaufmann Tire parking lot.  

Although there were injuries, none really appeared to be serious — but, as a result, I would venture that, along with the Lincoln, three other parked vehicles will be declared total write-offs by their insurance companies.

Luckily, no one was in the parking lot at the time of the accident.

It’s time for the city to re-evaluate the traffic pattern along this busy commercial street to determine the need for either a divided roadway, or some other type of traffic control devices (like traffic lights and limited parking lot accessways).  

Lets make driving on Marketplace Boulevard a safer experience.

Larry Berger