A plan to improve what has been called “the most dangerous intersection in western Nevada County” gained environmental clearance this week, bringing the possibility of safe driving there a step closer.
Nevada County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the clearance for installing a new traffic signal at the Loma Rica Drive and Brunswick Road intersection.
“I’m glad to see this come before us,” said Supervisor Chair Nate Beason at the public meeting at the Rood Center in Nevada City. “Maybe we could take one of the most dangerous intersections in western Nevada County and turn it around.”
According to a staff report, the intersection was identified as the number one intersection for collision frequency in the county-maintained road network.
The project, which would replace the current stop sign controls with traffic signals, will be paid for by using development fees and Highway Safety Improvement funds, according to the staff report. It will have no impact on Nevada County’s general fund budget.
County planners and engineers told the supervisors that the project would also include closed-circuit TV cameras to monitor traffic conditions, as well as other amenities.
One of the amenities, a right-hand turning pocket lane going northbound down the hill, was seen as crucial, since a majority of the crashes are from people going too fast down the hill, planners said.
“Brunswick Road has a high average daily trip rate — 15,000 — and the majority of collisions are associated with unsafe speed and unsafe turning movements at the intersection,” the report said.
“Additionally, high friction pavement treatment will aid in the reduction of vehicle control and weather-related collisions,” the report said.
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