Each evening I stroll Hamilton Road between Clark State and Tresham where I live. It is one of the prettiest and greenest stretches of road in Gahanna, lined with grand trees, shrubs and well-landscaped yards.

To the Editor:

Each evening I stroll Hamilton Road between Clark State and Tresham where I live. It is one of the prettiest and greenest stretches of road in Gahanna, lined with grand trees, shrubs and well-landscaped yards.

Next summer this will all go away with the widening of Hamilton Road to five lanes between Clark State and Route 62.

This boondoggle has been in the works for some time, and we all knew it was coming. The street widening is supposed to help the flow of traffic, which starts lining up very early weekday mornings.

Is there a problem with traffic? Yes.

Is the street widening the best decision for Gahanna residents? No.

I feel the decision to widen Hamilton to five lanes would be helping only those who feel they must pass through Gahanna. Anyone living in the area of Route 62 and north of that has the option of taking Morse or Route 62 through Olde Gahanna to avoid the heavy flow on Hamilton. Anyone who lives south of the Clark State Road exit from Hamilton Road can easily travel to I-270.

So why bother to widen Hamilton for these reasons when a roundabout or two would suffice? The roundabout would be less costly than a full-blown widening. But we all know Gahanna has money to spare.

Oh wait: The tax levy that no one wanted to face in the last election -- we don't have money to spare.

And what is Gahanna's share of the road-widening project?

Yes, Franklin County is kicking in some money, but our city has to foot this bill, too. Why do we as a city have to lose green area, a huge amount of money (that can be used for schools, road upkeep, etc.) plus face the headache of the road construction for a long time?

Gahanna's citizens, especially those of us who live along the potential widening route, do not deserve this.

And the city wants to raise our taxes? We have gone along with tax levies for the past 15 years that we have resided here, and my final thought is that won't be happening any more.

Molina Oros

Gahanna