During World War II, U.S. aircraft carriers participated in many critical missions. The planes were brought to the flight deck, fueled and armed preparatory for the airstrike. When the time came to launch, any plane that would not start was pushed over the side of the ship. The air crew only had a few seconds to evacuate. The importance of the mission was such that no single plane could be allowed to impede those lined up behind them.

A WWII carrier deck was considerably wider than our current I-15 luge run. With so much construction under way, our few remaining major streets become as critical to commerce as those airstrikes were to the war effort.When an accident occurs, we can't afford to close a major artery for three or four hours while the mess is cleaned up. Obviously if someone is injured, that must take priority, but as soon as the injured are carted off, traffic must resume within a few minutes.

Perhaps some large forklifts could be strategically placed throughout the valley where they could be brought in quickly to remove the disabled vehicles. Throw the damaged vehicles over the wall to be carted away later. The cost of any additional property damage will be far less than the lost time of all those who are stuck behind the accident.

Incidentally, didn't UDOT promise us a year ago that they would provide a radio station with constant updates on traffic conditions? Where is it? I try to keep abreast of the published closures and changes, but that's no help when accidents occur, or when I drive to the other side of town where I am unfamiliar with the current conditions.

The commercial radio stations try, but their reports are short, infrequent, incomplete and rarely cover the situation I find myself stuck in. This is supposed to be the information age. Why is it so hard to get any?

Charles L. Johnson

Taylorsville