Residents discuss Crestview Drive concerns |

Residents discuss Crestview Drive concerns

City leaders and developers have big plans for little Crestview Drive, a dirt road south of McKnight Way in Grass Valley. Within 10 years, it could be the site of full-scale freeway on-and-off ramps.

Almost 100 Grass Valley residents packed into Condon Park’s L.O.V.E. Building Tuesday night for the first of several community meetings on the proposed interchange. Many of the residents aired concerns about a road that would feed into the interchange.

The east-west road, likely to be four-lanes, would connect Allison Ranch Road and Highway 49 to provide access to the proposed 2,000 residet Northstar development.

After beginning with eight alternatives, consultants and local transportation officials have selected the two most feasible alternatives. The northern alternative, called ‘A’ by the consultants, cuts from Allison Ranch Road north of Mote Lane to Crestview Drive.

Farther south, alternative ‘E’ would intersect Allison Ranch Road at Jasper Lane and wind across to Smith Road at Highway 49.

Both alternatives would cross Wolf Creek but ‘E’ would require removing more than 10 houses.

The final determination will be made by the Grass Valley City Council. Construction on the interchange could begin in 2009.

SouthHill’s Catlin Properties and Northstar ‘s Sandy Sanderson are splitting the cost of the $442,000 study. If constructed, the Northstar and SouthHill Villages developments could add more than 2,300 residences and bring thousands of vehicles to Grass Valley.

For more information, read Wednesday’s The Union.

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