Public to air traffic concerns tonight
City officials and transportation planners will field some tough questions from the public about Nevada City-area traffic problems tonight at a forum organized by radio station KNCO.
The public discussion at Nevada City City Hall will be the first of a two-part series addressing the public’s traffic concerns in Nevada City and Grass Valley.
“The issue of traffic is one of those perennial complaints, and the same questions keep coming up. We need to get everybody on the same page at the same time,” said JoAnn Chartier of KNCO.
While there have been forums for issues such as housing and substance abuse, this is the first time there has been an independent forum dealing specifically with traffic, she said.
A panel that will field questions from the public will be comprised of Nevada City Mayor Conley Weaver, Nevada County Interim Planning Director Randy Wilson, Nevada County Senior Transportation Engineer John Rumsey and Caltrans regional representative Tom Brannon.
Nevada City officials such as City Manager Mark Miller are planning to be a part of the public audience.
“I think that it is a great idea, and it’s an issue that will continue to challenge the cities and county,” Miller said.
The discussion will be broadcast live on KNCO 830 AM, filmed by NCTV, and reported on by The Union. KNCO’s Tracey Corris will also have a cell phone to field questions from residents who cannot attend the meeting.
The forum is expected to specifically address four areas:
• The Gold Flat Road area and its access to the highway. A roundabout has been proposed for one side of the freeway on Gold Flat.
• The Highway 49/20 split where motorists turn left to continue on Highway 49 toward Downieville.
• A proposed roundabout for Zion Street at the intersection of the old Nevada City Highway and Ridge Road.
• The traffic on Highway 49 in the area near the Rood Administrative Center, where there is one traffic signal.
Chartier said residents should come prepared with questions.
“Now is the time,” she said, “for the public to get involved on these things.”
KNOW AND GO
WHAT: Public discussion on traffic concerns in Nevada City.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Nevada City City Hall on Broad Street
NEXT MEETING: A second forum for traffic in the Grass Valley area is set for Wednesday, June 23, at Grass Valley City Hall, at 7 p.m.
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