I have lived in Sunnyside most of my adult life and have seen some real blunders in this city by the powers that be. One of them was when the city turned off every other street light to save money. The result was an increase in crime and complaints of dark streets around town. When it was determined to turn the lights back on, the old lights were deemed obsolete and had to be replaced.
Another thing I thought should have been done differently was the location of the central freeway exit to Sunnyside. The best thing that could have been done would have been to extend Sixth Street a few more blocks and put the main entrance into Sunnyside to go right directly into the downtown business district. Now, 20 years later looking at downtown, it's empty. Look at downtown Ephrata, the highway goes through the middle of town and it is thriving.
The most recent stupid thing I have seen is taking the four-lane area of Yakima Valley Highway and making it a two-lane road. There is room for four lanes, as well as a left turn lane all the way on Yakima Valley Highway from First Street to 16th Street. The two-lane system has hampered the flow of traffic. If you have ever been behind a tractor or a farm truck, you know exactly what I am talking about. Also, if you have tried getting on or off Yakima Valley Highway, it takes longer because traffic is restricted to just two lanes. Give us back our four lanes.
If the city wants to help the flow of traffic in Sunnyside, put more lanes from 16th Street to Lincoln Avenue and relieve the congestion in that area. Or possibly, put a traffic light into Wal-Mart. That's where our downtown went.
And finally, the name "Yakima Valley Highway." Why change the name again? Does anyone realize what it takes to change your address with every one that you do business with? I have been on Highway 410, Highway 12 and Yakima Valley Highway, and it's all the same street. Now, someone thinks I should move to Wine Country Road. That will mean another change of address on my checks, credit cards, utility bills, phone book, Yellow Pages, invoices, business cards, insurance, etc. Multiply that effort by every address on Yakima Valley Highway. That's a lot of work for a lot of people. I'm tired of moving. If you want to change something, change your own address, not mine!
/s/ Tim Lyczewski, Tim's Auto Repair, Yakima Valley Highway