Traffic-calming program considered |

Traffic-calming program considered

The Grass Valley City Council Tuesday will discuss speed humps, traffic control signals, crosswalk markers and other traffic-calming devices, all in an effort to slow down cars in the city.

The City Council could also give the green light to the city’s first traffic-calming program as an increasing number of residents say drivers use neighborhood streets to avoid downtown’s more congested areas.

“Speed, traffic volumes and pedestrian safety in neighborhoods continue to be major concerns of many residents,” city administrator Gene Haroldsen wrote in a Nov. 6 memorandum to the council. “A traffic-calming program is needed to address these issues which is seen as a key to increase neighborhood livability and safety.”

The program, once adopted, will spell out how residents can petition city officials for road improvements, more police patrols and traffic calming for a specific neighborhood.

At least 60 percent of all residents who live between two major intersections on a street with traffic problems will have to sign a petition before the city will consider a traffic-calming management plan.

The city plans to set $25,000 aside for the program. Under the proposal, residents will not be required to contribute to projects that cost more than $5,000, as city officials had initially proposed this summer. “However, neighborhood contributions (including volunteer labor) may expedite construction,” Haroldsen said in the memorandum.

Tuesday’s proposal was formulated after two public workshops on traffic calming.

French Avenue resident Nyla Heddy posted handmade signs last summer along her steep, windy street to get cars to slow down because, she said, city officials were doing nothing to curb the problem.

“At least they’re trying to do something,” Heddy said of the proposed traffic-calming program. “I think it’s a start to something.”

The signs, which have been torn down, worked. Cars slowed down, said Heddy. She now wonders why city officials are considering a request to build a fast-food drive-thru restaurant at the corner of Mill Street and French Avenue.

Tim Crough, the city’s deputy director of public works, said two or three speed bumps could be installed along French. The bumps will be removable to allow emergency vehicles to travel up and down the street during the winter, he said.


WHAT: Grass Valley City Council

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 125 E. Main St.


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