A new overpass is going to be built at the intersection of Clark and the Loop to help ease traffic in that congested area, but is projected to cost over $40 million to construct. Is the Loop really worth all this time and money?
Wayne Nance thinks so, "I believe so, it's an alternate route that provides another way to get around town. I understand they are upgrading as part of a master plan."
Guadalupe Davila agrees, " I wish there was less lights but they need the lights so they can cross."
Cesar Valdez wants them to tweek the lights, "I hope that we can find a solution, maybe with the lights. Maybe they can stay green a little longer instead of switching to red."
We poised the question of whether they thought it was quicker to take the Loop or McPherson and their responses were not unanimous. Mr. Davila said the Loop.
"Oh yea way better,. I take McPherson and if it's around 4 or 5 McPherson's terrible."
While Valdez said of McPherson
"In town, I think it would be better in town."
So we ventured out to find out the truth.....
We drove both from Clark St., with the Loop taking on average 12 minutes to complete the 8.6 mile trek without being stopped by a single light. McPherson took on average almost 14:51 to cover 7.1 miles with stop lights galore. So in the end, is the Loop really that much of a time saver and worth all this extra money?
"I say if you didn't have a loop, than you'd be a lot longer because everybody would have to go through McPherson."