This letter is in regard to another recent letter about the recently paved and striped Beltrami County Road 9/Cardinal Drive Northwest. ("New County Road 9 raises some questions," Friday, Sept. 20)
The county Highway Department did issue a press release about this project. It explained that the space between the two sets of double yellow lines is a "safety zone" that will hopefully reduce sideswipe and head on crashes. It makes sense if you think about it. The two sets of rumble strips should also help. This is part of a "safety money" program from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the money is a "use-it-or-lose-it" thing, so the county decided to use it.
The press release also said that the center area could also be used for left turns (although the lane is not wide enough for a car) and to go around cars parked on the right shoulder.
The only question I have is does the double yellow line mean that the entire stretch is a no-passing zone?