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Access ramp unwanted


To the Editor:

I have noted from a recent newspaper article that there is still an incessant request for the state of Michigan to place an access ramp from I-69 to Graham Road. I am hoping the Imlay Township Planning Commission will do an impact study before any further requests are made of the state. While the ramp may be advantageous to some parties, yet to be determined, it will be very detrimental to at least 13 homes between I-69 and Ryder Road on Graham Road.

Among the detrimental effects are:

•Increased traffic on Graham Road through a residential area (all added traffic will not turn north).

•Increased noise levels of traffic decelerating and accelerating on both I-69 and Graham Road (this will be quite noticeable for residents within a half-mile of these ramps).

•Increased light pollution as ancillary businesses gravitate to the new intersection. All night McDonald's and truck stops are very common.

•Increased air pollution will also follow with idling diesel engines, and decreased engine efficiencies of the accelerating and decelerating vehicles. Plus the aroma of hamburger grease 24 hours per day.

•Increased litter and recklessly discarded trash will increase with these support businesses.

•With the increase in transit persons into these facilities, I can only surmise which way the crime rate will go for this immediate area.

•At least one or two homes will be destroyed (perhaps they are the lucky families).

•Home property values in the immediate area will plummet. At least our property taxes should decrease.

I will assume these issues have not been considered in a detailed impact study. All those on the west side of the township did not want an asphalt plant. We on the east side do not need all the benefits of another ramp into our community.

Respectfully,

—Thomas L. Edwards

Imlay Township

Thomas L. Edwards
January 27, 2010

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