Speed bump planned at Race, South Auburn streets | TheUnion.com

Speed bump planned at Race, South Auburn streets

It’s no play on words.

To get drivers to stop imperiling pedestrians by speeding down South Auburn Street, Grass Valley city officials are considering measures to slow traffic at the intersection with Race Street.

The city is in line for $530,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to resurface South Auburn Street south from

Highway 49 to Empire Street and another section from Whiting Street to McKnight Way.

To slow speeders, some of the funds will be used to raise the crosswalk at Race Street six inches, creating a speed bump, City Engineer Tim Kiser said.

“The idea is to increase the profile of pedestrians crossing the street,” Kiser said. If council members approve the expenditure at their meeting tonight, the contract for the project will be awarded in April and construction should start later this spring.

Also on tonight’s council agenda is an item to approve the addition of about 600 acres of land in Brunswick Basin to the city’s redevelopment agency. The agency, which is funded separately from the city and makes infrastructure upgrades to increase business revenue, now operates in about 400 acres of land in Grass Valley.

By extending the agency’s reach from the downtown corridor to the areas annexed in the last decade, the agency could improve business in the basin by funding projects to improve traffic flow there, City Community Development Director Joe Heckel said.

If approved, the basin’s addition to the RDA could take one to two years, Heckel said.

The council will also be asked to honor Jack Holland, a recently-deceased city employee, by naming the tennis courts at DeVere Mautino Park after him. Holland retired from the city’s public works department in 2008 after a 21-year career in the department.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall on 125 E. Main Street.

To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail kmagin@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4239.

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