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Intersection too dangerous

How many more accidents until something is done about the intersection of Idaho-Maryland and Brunswick roads? Recently the street light pole that was turned into a roadside memorial for the death of a young person was knocked down by another car accident involving another youth in our community.

I have a 15-year-old son who will be driving soon, so how many more accidents will it take to do something about this intersection? How about a signal to provide a safe intersection, given the speed and the peak traffic volume here? Or if there’s no money for that, how about reducing the speed on Brunswick road to 35 mph? The current speed limit is 50 mph, which exceeds the speed limit on State Route 174 by five mph.

I’ve seen a fully loaded, two-trailer, earth-hauling semitruck going too fast down the northbound hill south of the intersection. Since the truck could not stop, it attempted to pass a motorcyclist who had made a hurried right turn to go northbound on Brunswick. I’ll never forget the contrast of size, speed, and the moment of impending doom as the motorcyclist accelerated and denied the attempt of the truck to pass … So let’s put up a signal light and save someone’s life, or at least let’s lower the speed limit to 35 mph.



Mike Ruggiero

Nevada City





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