Poll: Don’t make road one way or dead end
The idea to make Walker Drive into a one-way street or a dead end, in hopes of slowing speeders and reducing traffic, has been parked.
A poll of 115 residents showed that 72 opposed both ideas. Further, just 13 favored one-way traffic, while 27 liked the dead-end idea.
County senior civil engineer John Rumsey, who ran the poll, wasn’t surprised.
“It would’ve been very awkward” putting in one-way traffic, given the heavy flow in and out of nearby Scotten and Lyman Gilmore schools, Rumsey said Thursday.
So, the county will continue seeking solutions for the frustrated residents west of Condon Park.
The one-way and dead-end options were pitched at a November community gathering, where residents complained about traffic, speeding and a fear of walking the streets at all hours.
One-way roads are rare in the county, said Rumsey. Cedar Springs Road, which connects Red Dog and Quaker Hill Cross roads, was the most recent stretch changed to a one-way, and Rumsey only knew of two others – one off Alta Street and another in Truckee.
On the one-way plan, traffic would have run northbound. The dead end’s location was never pinpointed.
Walker Drive resident Rocky Torres opposed both options.
“To me, I’d rather have have speed dips or bumps,” he said Thursday. “To me, it’s the speed, not the traffic, that bothers me.”
Tim Sullivan supported a dead end, partly under the belief it would boost his property value.
“Gosh, people have passed me on Walker Drive when I’m going 25 mph, and that’s unbelievable,” he said.
Walker Drive, part of a shortcut from west Grass Valley to Highway 20, gets 1,700 vehicles a day – 1,000 more than neighborhood roads of similar width, Rumsey said.
Also, a house at Walker Drive and Alpine Lane has been struck 40 times in 15 years by southbound motorists who miss the sharp right turn.
Though the road is already heavily signed and striped, Rumsey said he supports laying down edge stripes – also called fog lines – that would make the two-lane road appear narrower, the shoulders wider and may slow motorists.
The stripes wouldn’t be painted until spring, when the road is drier.
Putting in neighborhood identification signs at each end of Walker Drive might be another solution, he said.
Meanwhile, Rumsey said, Walker Drive isn’t suitable for speed bumps or guardrails because the county would be liable for any injuries that resulted. More stop signs would likely be ignored, he said.
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