City ponders traffic-calming ideas |

City ponders traffic-calming ideas

Grass Valley is considering a series of measures to slow traffic down, from speed bumps to crosswalk markers to raised intersections.

The traffic-calming program, which would be the city’s first, is expected to be considered by the City Council Aug. 27. If approved, Grass Valley could join cities like Davis and Sacramento in putting the measures in place.

The city’s traffic safety review committee on Wednesday recommended the traffic-calming plan to the council.

Additional stop signs are not always effective in slowing traffic down, city officials say; too many signs, and drivers start ignoring them.

The committee also approved a plan to add more signs and increase police traffic control on French Street, where residents have repeatedly reported that drivers speed up and down from Brighton to Mill streets.

If that does not work, the committee said, residents could petition the city to try something else, including the installation of speed bumps.

French Street resident Nyla Haddy in June posted handmade signs along the windy road to get drivers to slow down. Most of the signs are now torn down, she said Wednesday, and traffic is now getting faster.

Steve Gradhandt, another French Street resident, said he would like to see French turned into a one-way street to reduce traffic. The committee’s decision to increase patrols and post more signs is a beginning, he said.

The city’s Traffic Safety Review Committee includes city Councilwoman DeVere Mautino; Dan Landon, executive director of the Nevada County Transportation Commission; city Administrator Gene Haroldsen; Police Chief John Foster; and Rudy Golnik, director of the city’s Public Works Department.

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