Editor:

The oil companies claim to have a good neighbor policy. Living on County Road 5500 (West Hammond Ditch Road) I am not seeing it. We have "NO THRU TRUCKS" signs posted on both end of the road. Most of the truck traffic running through are contractors working for various oil companies. Typically, there should be 15 to 20 trucks working in this area daily. Right now we have 200 - 300 cutting through our neighborhood. I began counting and paying close attention after being nearly run off the road l0 to 12 times. I called law enforcement about this problem but haven't seen any increased activity in our area from them. I have spoken to several different divisions and no one seems to care. We want our quiet neighborhood back, where people can walk their dogs and kids can ride their bikes and I can cross the street to get my mail without having to stand on the side of the road for 10 minutes waiting for all the trucks to pass by. When all the construction was going on in Bloomfield, we tolerated the increase in traffic because it was the neighborly thing to do. Now with what construction is left there, at best you will add one to five minutes to your commute by going through Bloomfield instead of cutting through our neighborhood. I personally go through Bloomfield daily and have only had to stop a few times due to construction. Besides, Bloomfield needs your business, so buy your drinks, gas and lunch there.

I guess what I am saying is if you are working south of Bloomfield, try driving through Bloomfield and take advantage of the new roads and spend some money there and quit making a residential area a truck bypass.

 

TOM POWERS

Bloomfield