Traffic at Walgreens: Bad now, worse later |

Traffic at Walgreens: Bad now, worse later

Next Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., the Grass Valley City Council will hear Citizens Concerned About Traffic’s appeal regarding the lack of traffic mitigation by Walgreens. The appeal pits CCAT’s data – showing today’s traffic problems at Sutton/Brunswick – against Walgreens’ estimates that everything will be fine.

This hearing will be like many others. The traffic engineer will show that Walgreens will create additional traffic at an already congested intersection but then conclude that we won’t notice the additional traffic. The problem is that traffic is bad now with the old Jim Keil site sitting vacant (no business and no traffic). Imagine 1,389 vehicle trips generated by Walgreens (source: Walgreens’ traffic engineer, Dec. 10, 2007). That is zero vehicle trips today and 1,389 when Walgreens is operational. So far, Walgreens has failed to offer any real solutions, only more traffic. That’s CCAT’s argument.

On Tuesday, maybe the City Council will see through Walgreens’ confusing and inadequate analysis and vote for common sense. You should attend the meeting to see for yourself whether common sense loses again.

Grant Cattaneo, member of CCAT

Grass Valley

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