Capital LTE: “Forest Drive Traffic”

Capital Gazette: Letters to the Editor, May 22, 2016

As I was reading this morning’s Capital, I came upon Nancy Almgren’s letter (The Sunday Capital, May 1).

With all humility, as a decorated veteran of daily combat on Forest Drive, I feel duty-bound to take exception to her assertion that, as a Realtor, “I drive up and down Forest Drive on a regular basis, and I’m sure there are drive times with congestion, but I haven’t seen it.”

As Sherlock Holmes is supposed to have said, “Elementary, my dear Watson,” as he solved complex mysteries by observing clues and connecting the dots.

Nancy must be visiting her clients between 10 and 11 a.m., the only window to escape the Forest Drive marathon. Rush hour on Forest Drive begins at 7 a.m. or earlier and lasts until 10. It picks up again from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as all the contractors who have been working on the Annapolis Neck head out for lunch or to pick up supplies and head back to work, along with residents who run errands, etc.

From 3 until 6 p.m., everyone working on the Annapolis Neck finishes for the day and heads out, while residents commute back to their homes from Washington or Fort Meade.

As Yogi Berra once said, “You can see a lot by observing.”


Editor’s note: The writer is a former community member of the Capital Gazette editorial board.

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