Grass Valley council to look at roundabout |

Grass Valley council to look at roundabout

The Grass Valley City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to pursue the possibility of building a traffic roundabout at the intersection of East Main Street and Idaho Maryland Road, where traffic routinely backs up at rush hour.

Caltrans’ Jim Brake said his agency opposes the installation of a traffic signal at the four-way stop intersection because too many cars would enter the freeway at once, creating traffic hazards. The East Main onramp and Bennett Street offramp are only 460 yards apart, forcing cars to weave in and out of traffic.

The city may have to purchase the former Terrible Herbst Oil Co. site and pieces of two other properties to have enough room to build a roundabout.

In another matter, the council preliminarily voted 4-0 to make it easier for police to cite dog owners who let their dogs bark continuously. The new rules, which could be adopted Sept. 24, would become effective Oct. 24.

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