Again, I am a member of the Poplar Creek Board of Directors. My statements in no way are reflective of board opinion nor are they a board endorsement.
After much effort and compromise, our community is on the brink of finally fixing a very dangerous intersection. The only issue seems to be the intersection of Collins Rd. and Old Harding Pike. There are some who would like Old Harding road dead ended in front of the school or at Collins Rd. I believe this is a big mistake. Traffic gridlock is already a major issue in the area. Closing this road will force residents of Poplar Creek Estates and other developments who might use Collins road as the means for child drop off and pick up to go through three major intersections making three left hand turns. Knowing the volume of cars in the area during these times, an enormous traffic snarl is inevitable. The road should not be closed. If anything, move the entrance to the convenience store further up Collins Rd. I do not think it is necessary though. No one will be traveling at a high rate of speed down Old Harding as they will have recently exited the intersection of Old Harding and the new cut through road in the triangle. Additionally, as they look out the windshield, they will no longer see a thruway but a parking lot resulting in deceleration. Let's not snarl traffic and inconvenience those who must regularly use the area. Collins Rd. could also prove to be a vital access route for emergency vehicles and equipment if ever necessary. If closed, access is reduced.