Letter: Pownal feels impact of Route 136 closure

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With the closure of Route 136 in Auburn, traffic on our road has greatly increased. Poland Range Road is a gravel, unimproved road with many blind rises and curves, a campground, numerous horseback riders, joggers, walkers and pets. We had a neighborhood meeting attended by a dozen concerned citizens, state Rep. David Webster and Sgt. Paul Thorpe of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department about how to stop dangerous speeders on our road so that we can enjoy it. We are all angry and frustrated about slowing down the traffic on our road.

Pownal shares one of the five daily Cumberland County deputy sheriffs with Gray, New Gloucester and North Yarmouth, and this deputy is spread very thin.

Why do people drive so fast without regard for the residents on this road? What does it take to get people to slow down? There has been one death on the road – a young “bump jumper” riding in a sun-roofed car – and a near-fatal, life-changing motorcycle accident last year. How many more injuries and fatalities before drivers watch their speed?

Judith Hopkins