Learn to avoid traffic headache | TheUnion.com

Learn to avoid traffic headache

Even local motorists who should know better are getting trapped on Richardson Street as they try to avoid the construction work on Richardson, East Main and Bennett streets in downtown Grass Valley.

The construction has also discouraged some people from patronizing several new businesses that have opened in recent months in the Richardson/East Main area, according to Howard Levine, executive director of the Grass Valley Downtown Association.

“We’re concerned about the new businesses in the area because they need time to develop,” he said Thursday. “If people get frustrated, they won’t come.”

The confusion is caused by the Richardson Street realignment that has shut down Washington Street between Richardson and East Main while Richardson is being extended to connect with Bennett at East Main. Street work is scheduled to be finished by Sept. 1.

Tim Crough, deputy city engineer, said motorists can access Richardson from N. Auburn Street, but will then have to drive west to North Church, North School, or Alta streets to exit the area.

Another problem arises during Friday Market, when West Main Street is blocked from Church Street to Auburn Street. Traffic coming down West Main is normally routed down Church to Neal Street, but some motorists are trying to use Richardson.

Crough said signs will be posted around the construction area and as far up West Main as Alta to advise motorists on what routes to take. A parking lot at East Main and Washington will open Tuesday, providing easier access to businesses in the Richardson/East Main area, he said.

Levine pointed out that two-way traffic continues to flow on East Main at Bennett despite the construction.

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