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Improving the odds

The Oct. 1 article regarding the “fix” for the hazardous Idaho-Maryland-Brunswick intersection would only solve some of the problems. For those of us who must navigate the intersection on a regular basis, it would remain treacherous.

Non-stop Brunswick traffic causes exasperated drivers to dash out, whether they are crossing or turning left or right. Cars turning must accelerate from zero to 50, with traffic bearing down, causing all the cars on Brunswick to slow. It is inconceivable that drivers, prevented from crossing Brunswick, would go all the way to the Sutton signal to make a U-turn, so another hazardous situation would be created.

All of us would like the speed limit on Brunswick to stay at 50, but there has to be a trade-off to prevent the current life-threatening situation. A viable solution would be to install a signal and slow traffic on Brunswick before it approaches the steep downhill grades near the intersection. By changing the speed limit to 35, from the freeway to Greenhorn, and providing adequate warning about the light, the odds might be better for all of us.



Charles and Eleanor Anderson

Nevada City


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