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Divert neighborhood traffic

An article in The Union expressed some of Pleasant Street residents’ concerns about the amount of traffic there. They say it has too much traffic for a neighborhood street. With the use of some new stop signs, the city of Grass Valley has decided to try to divert some of this traffic away from that neighborhood street onto Mill Street. Wait a minute. I live on Mill Street, and I have neighbors. And my neighbors have neighbors. That makes Mill Street a neighborhood street also. And it has a lot more traffic than Pleasant Street, does even though Mill Street is not 1 inch wider.

On Friday at 2 p.m., I sat at Pleasant and Walsh at the bus stop and, in 15 minutes, counted 35 vehicles pass in front of me. Five minutes later, I sat at Mill and Walsh and in 15 minutes, I counted 91 vehicles pass in front of me.

I agree that, because of the traffic, Pleasant Street is not very pleasant. But I wish I could afford to live there. If you divert more traffic onto Mill Street, you will make an annoying situation maddening. How about a few stop signs along Mill Street, too? Divert the traffic to the freeway, where it won’t go through anyone’s neighborhood.

I hope that with the new gas money, GV will be able to create a meaningful traffic diversion from both Pleasant and Mill streets. A perimeter road comes to mind. Having some of the traffic diverted from downtown would be a dream come true. I think that would entice tourists to return to GV by mitigating both traffic congestion and noise here.

Daniel Nieto

Grass Valley

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