Residents have concerns about traffic along 16th Street construction

Marcia McDevitt isn't worried so much about the hundreds of new apartment dwellers who will be moving into her neighborhood near 16th Street and Highland in Phoenix.

What concerns her more is the cars, her hundreds of neighbors will be driving and the traffic they will bring to an area of Phoenix she says is already congested.

"It's already very difficult to get out of this end of the road at rush hour, so if you're trying to get out at rush hour, because there's not even a left turn arrow," said Marcia McDevitt.

Marcia says she will move if the traffic becomes worse, but not everyone near apartment booms is worried about the added traffic.

"I'm saying yay, good for The Brown Bag you know?" said Jerry Ebright.

The Brown Bag in Phoenix is a new breakfast and lunch restaurant near 16th Street and Glendale. Jerry Ebright looks forward to 200 new upscale apartments being built near the intersection.

"Me being a business owner, right in their backyard, I'm more like bring it, it's only going to help us," he said.

In fact several people said the growing economy takes precedence over growing traffic headaches that will come with hundreds of new cars in some areas.

"I think it's a sign of economic security or growth, and I think that outweighs a little bit of traffic," said Daniel Patrick.

"It's a 1300-1800 rental, so you're going to bring quality people in with quality products that they purchased, and quality cars, but you say we'll handle it, we'll deal with it, change is inevitable we live in the city," said Suzanne Hooper.

The City of Phoenix has not yet done any work to widen roads in the area where two large complexes are being built along 16th Street.
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