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Street plan topic of meeting tonight

At a joint public meeting tonight, the Grass Valley City Council and Planning Commission will introduce and discuss the city’s first comprehensive plan for its roadways.

The document forecasts road conditions and needed improvements on city streets, excluding highways 49 and 20, through 2024.

Currently, the city addresses each traffic project, such as the downtown Richardson Street extension, individually. The plan will allow the city to prioritize and finance projects systematically, Community Development Director Joe Heckel said.



“I think certainly we know what the critical intersections are,” said Mayor Patti Ingram. “What we’re faced with is how to go about rectifying it.”

One of the largest projects suggested by the plan is constructing a bypass to Highway 20 along Pleasant and Alta streets. The plan also suggests adding a signal at Church and Main streets to alleviate downtown congestion.




This draft was shaped by a yearlong investigation of traffic in Grass Valley. Consultants at Prism Engineering documented the existing traffic conditions, worked with a group of city officials, and interacted with the public during two workshops.

The plan recognizes that several smaller development projects are currently being delayed because of their contributions to inner-city congestion. To resolve the hold on development, the plan suggests waiving traffic requirements for the development if the city already has plans to improve affected intersections and roads.

Developers will still have to pay for their projects’ contributions to congestion. The plan suggests updating the city’s traffic fees each year.

Nevada County Transportation Commission Director Dan Landon, known as the resident traffic guru, plans to attend the meeting to field questions.

The public will have the opportunity to comment on the plan, which is available at the city’s Web site: http://www.cityofgrassvalley.com

KNOW AND GO

What: Grass Valley City Council and Planning Commission discussion of the draft Street Master Plan

Why: Learn about plans for the Idaho-Maryland/East Main intersection, proposed sites for stoplights, a downtown Grass Valley bypass, and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to comment on the plan.

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Grass Valley City Hall, 125 E. Main St.


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