I believe the City of Apache Junction made a major mistake when they agreed to the erroneous street plan for Apache Trail North. Now we have portable speed limit signs flashing fifteen (15) miles per hour, much like a school zone, at the north and south entrance to a road that could have been two lanes of traffic in each direction with a center turning lane, which (in my opinion) would have been much more practicable.
It is truly unfortunate that the city counsel and certain city employees thought it would serve the public better if they gave the businesses, approximately 5 or 6, that occupy only the east side of the street, city property for their parking. As of this letter I have not seen anyone except employees of those businesses use those parking spaces.
I believe the city should lick its wounds and eliminate the parking on the west side of the street and, at the very least, make the Apache Trail North into a four lane road.
Everyone involved in this monstrosity, should do what could have been done months ago. Keep traffic flowing through that area. There is plenty of parking in the vacant parking lot on the west side of the street. If necessary, make a crosswalk from one side of the street to the other. Put a traffic light with a pedestrian control push button which will stop traffic only when needed for safe pedestrian crossing.
As I understand, this road was redesigned because the businesses on the east side of Apache Trail North complained about the limited parking area they have in front of their businesses and more parking was needed to improve their business. My first thought is that they purchased their business knowing full well how many parking spaces were available to each business. I think if more thought was given to this road design, and if changing the road to resemble a school zone is permanent, I believe there is a very good chance people will seek an alternate route, not using Apache Trail North, and those businesses on Apache Trail North will suffer rather then profit from the amount of tax money spent to supposedly beautify this area.
Anthony J. Milone