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On March 7, several of my neighbors and I attended the Traffic Safety Review Committee meeting (the first in five months) to discuss our request for traffic calming on West Empire Street. A city study confirmed what we already knew; 85 percent of the traffic on our street exceeds the posted 25 mph limit by at least 12 mph – almost 50 percent is above the speed limit!

Although our neighborhood qualifies for traffic calming measures, the Engineering Department recommends striping fog lines on both sides of the street as its solution to the problem. Other measures, such as rumble strips, traffic “dots,” increased patrol and more signage, were dismissed as too expensive or not warranted.

I am not convinced that painting lines on the roadway will slow traffic that already ignores speed limit signs on a residential street. As I type this letter, I can hear vehicles passing my home at high speed. Most of this traffic is locally generated by fellow Nevada County/Grass Valley residents and businesses. Perhaps they are unaware that there are school bus stops on this street and that most of us have to back out of our driveways to leave our homes.

Therefore, I am appealing to all who use West Empire Street (and other residential roadways) to please, please, please, slow down and respect our neighborhood, before someone gets hurt. A child was killed here several years ago, hit by a car; we don’t need a repeat of that tragedy.

Dorothy Talan-Quaid

Grass Valley

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