Nissan Pavilion Manager

Needs to Manage Traffic

"Nissan Inches Closer to Traffic Relief," in the July 10 Prince William Extra, was interesting and amusing.

Although widening roads and increasing capacity would provide a longer-range fix for the traffic nightmare at Nissan Pavilion, I believe that much can be done immediately.

I had the unfortunate experience of attending a Toby Keith concert last summer. After that event, it took me more than 11/2 hours just to exit the parking lot and reach Wellington Road. Once on Wellington, traffic was free-flowing all the way to the Route 234 bypass and beyond. A major part of the problem is post-event traffic control, which is nonexistent.

The current traffic control situation leaving Nissan can best be described as complete anarchy. This is governed by a "me first" attitude that seems all too prevalent in Northern Virginia. Just exiting from one of the parking lots is a major challenge when everyone feels they have a right to create a new lane or jump curbs in their SUVs. I watched helplessly as eight lanes were forced to exit a one-car exit from my lot; 90 percent of the problem lies there.

Traffic control would help considerably. The lack of any Nissan employees to provide some measure of order and traffic control was quite obvious. A single police car with lights flashing sitting at the exit onto Wellington does not constitute traffic control, because the problem begins at the parking spaces and exit rows.

Nissan's general manager, Bruce Edwards, could address this problem now if he wanted by kicking in a couple bucks to have some of his parking attendants on hand with cones, flags and traffic flashlights after an event.

Unless and until the lot problem is addressed, I feel it is quite unlikely that any widening on Wellington Road will provide much relief.

I enjoyed last summer's concert immensely. But it'll be a cold day in Hades before I go back again simply because of the post-event traffic. Mr. Edwards lost my potential business that day. Until he takes responsibility for traffic in the lots and on Nissan property, he will not be seeing me buy any more tickets. I am sure others feel the same.

Charles Gallion