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Letter to the Editor: Pinal County Traffic Mismanagement

The Pinal County Sheriffs Office is not doing enough to ease traffic issues at Combs and Schnepf. I had to run to the store from Laredo Ranch at 520pm Thursday, 01/04/2024. I noticed that there was an officer parked on the South-East corner of the intersection of Combs and Schnepf. The officer was leaning back against his front bumper and not directing traffic easily through the 4-way stop. As I headed west on Combs, I did notice an officer directing traffic at the intersection of Kenworthy and Combs, so people did not have to come to a stop at the 3 way stop there. After the store,  I headed back eastbound on Combs from Ironwood. At 5:36pm, I had to stop almost immediately because traffic was backed up almost to the light at Ironwood and Combs eastbound. As I got to the intersection of Kenworthy and Combs, there was still an officer directing traffic, allowing motorists to pass through the 3-way stop without having to come to a stop. The line however eastbound between Kenworthy and Combs and Schnepf and Combs extended between both intersections! When I finally got to the 4-way stop intersection at Schnepf and Combs, the officer that was parked there, leaning against his front bumper, had left. People had to come to a stop before passing through the intersection, instead of being guided by an officer like a traffic light would do, causing the traffic to back up all the way to Ironwood.

We are extremely frustrated with Pinal County's lack of Traffic Management. I understand that they are installing a traffic light at Ocotillo and Schnepf, but that light should have been installed a year or more ago. But now that they are finally getting around to it, and ask us to be patient with the resulting traffic crisis, they will not even support smoother traffic flow with resources they have available. And WHY NOT install a temporary traffic signal at Schnepf and Combs?? I see the temporary rigs everywhere. So why not there? It has to be one of the hottest traffic jams in the county!!

And everyone around here that I know ask... WHY are the roads (Schnepf, Combs, Ocotillo) not two lanes already? I understand why they were not when there were farm fields. But there are developments now, with space made available even. Yet nothing has been done and the developments are already beginning to populate with home buyers! Why were the developers not required to improve the roads prior to breaking ground or at least filling up with home buyers??

The traffic tragedy that is the Pinal County part of San Tan Valley has been raging for more than a year or longer. The mismanagement of our traffic issues is so blatant and severe! From lack of speed limit signs, or just poorly located signs, badly handled road work deviations, long delays finishing improvements, and a true lack of understanding what our traffic needs really are. It's epic, and in SORE need of public exposure and intervention. 

My wife and I are normally easy-going and have tolerated this idiocy for a very long time. But we had to miss two important medical appointments this week that could have been kept with proper management, even under current conditions with the traffic improvements at Ocotillo and Schnepf. And then when I saw that officer that did not seem to care to help at all, I reached a critical level where I feel compelled to reach out and expose this ridiculous incompetence of traffic mismanagement. 

Thank you for listening.

Gary Rubin, Laredo Ranch since 2009


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