Houses and traffic |

Houses and traffic

This letter is regarding traffic accident problems on Highway 49. Here is what we know:

A) It is dangerous, does not meet current needs and is getting worse

B) There are no economically viable prospects for improving it in the near future under the reign of Congressman Doolittle (at least until we can raise the money to lobby him for funding). Maybe if we can get him to stop worrying about world takeover by the U.N., forcing God upon non-believers, and enriching the coffers of his well-to-do buddies, we can get him to have “the rubber meet the road” and work on something practical.

C) It will only get more dangerous as we move forward with city and county housing projects, big and small, now going forward because, as this paper has pointed out (citing census data), Highway 49 commuting is on the increase. Adding more housing, especially the huge Special Development Area’s (SDA’s) proposals will only worsen the situation.

What happens when a seemingly irresistible force (housing construction) meets an immovable object (growing traffic congestion)? Something in the equation has to change.

Terry Lamphier

Grass Valley

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