In the May 23, 2019, article in the Frederick News-Post about issues with delivery trucks downtown, one area not mentioned is Carroll Creek Way. While not a busy thoroughfare like Market or Patrick streets, delivery trucks accessing the establishments on the creek are creating a safety hazard for people attempting to enter/exit Carroll Creek Garage.

There is zero sight distance for garage users in any direction to know if a car (or a pedestrian for that matter!) is coming. Cars attempting to enter the garage often have to cross a double yellow line to go around trucks in order to get to the entrance, putting them at fault in case of a collision with an exiting vehicle — which cannot see them approaching! But what option is there when coming from South Market? Is the scenario supposed to be turn in, see trucks, U-turn back to Market and go several blocks around to enter from Patrick? Really?

It seems many of the larger trucks attempt to get in before shops’ opening hours and busy customer parking times, but this also coincides with those shops’ employees trying to get in to accept the deliveries.

Should all deliveries be required to be done only during certain days or hours? This might work okay for non-perishables, but for the many eateries not so much. Delivery services, including USPS, UPS, and FedEx, are all delivering to other places as well, not just downtown, so too much constraint and the private ones might just quit coming in, or charge exorbitant fees. What then? Downtown is back to post-76-flood Deadsville.

Market and Patrick are flat-out ridiculous obstacle courses at times, and there are probably other dangerous situations similar to the one along Carroll Creek Way. No solution is going to work for everyone, but something has to be done.

Leatrice Urbanowicz


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