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Better Idea for Marina Bypass

December 06, 1987

The story about the proposed Admiralty Place development west of Lincoln Boulevard at the Marina Freeway (Times, Nov. 5) mentions the possible construction of the Marina Bypass as one measure to accommodate the increased traffic. Unfortunately, the story spoke of a Marina Bypass extension to Admiralty Way.

Such a road from Lincoln Boulevard to Admiralty Way would in no sense be a bypass, but would instead dump a great deal of additional traffic into the Marina, onto already overcrowded Admiralty Way.

What is urgently needed is the true Marina Bypass as it has been shown on the county's Master Plan of Highways for a generation, extending from Lincoln Boulevard not into the Marina but northwesterly to Washington Street, avoiding the Lincoln/Washington intersection.

As a professional traffic engineer and a resident of the area, I am convinced that only then can the Admiralty Place development become viable from a traffic viewpoint and only then can the Marina Bypass provide necessary relief for both Admiralty Way and the badly congested Lincoln/Washington intersection. Any proposal for the Marina Bypass that does not accomplish both of these objectives is not merely futile but actually counterproductive.

HARRY PARKER

Santa Monica

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