Traffic upsets neighbors near Kennewick Halloween maze
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Neighbors complained about a Kennewick corn maze and said people are driving too fast up and down Gum Street in Kennewick.
Benton County Sheriff's Deputies said they are doing all they can to patrol the area.
Tonya Vanwinkle lives near the maze and said, "The speed limit is 25 miles per hour out here. I can guarantee that they go a lot faster than that, well over 35 miles an hour."
Vanwinkle said she is tired of the speeders and said the traffic caused by a corn maze near her house is getting dangerous.
Vanwinkle said, "It's just people in and out, in and out constantly bumper to bumper. It's just crazy. It's just crazy. That's the only way to describe it."
Kelly Barton lives across the street from the maze and said, "It's a little bit nerve racking because you always got people spinning their tires, honking their horns and screaming at each other. They're always using my driveway to turn around."
Deputies said they have received a few calls from neighbors and report that officers were out in the area last night.
The owner of the maze said she does not want anyone to speed through area roads either. Owner Marissa Schmitt said, "Obviously when you have an event in the area there's going to be an increase in traffic. I have kids and I do not like it when people speed up and down my street, but I unfortunately can't control those people when they leave my property."
Neighbors also complained about a lack of traffic control and lighting in the area. But the owners disagree and said there are parking attendants and lights.
Schmitt said, "It's our goal to make it as safe as possible and as easy one the neighbors as we can... I don't want to infringe on anyone's comforts. That's the last thing we intended to do."
Neighbors said they want more done and the owners ask anyone with problems to come and talk to them in person and said they will do their best to help the situation.