Keep ‘Auburn sprawl’ away |

Keep ‘Auburn sprawl’ away

As more and more folks make their homes in western Nevada County, it becomes increasingly apparent that Highway 49 is not enough road for the task.

I’ve heard that Cal-Trans has a plan on the books that will eventually extend the four-lane sections of this vital roadway from Wolf Road to Grass Valley, which I applaud (and consider to be already an overdue improvement).

But I think that more than a simple road widening may be needed. I’d hope that the improvement plan for this road includes acceleration lanes and adequately designed “turn pockets” so that drivers can safely enter and exit this increasingly busy highway.

In addition, I’d hope that some frontage roads can be put in so that those folks that live and work along side of this highway can have access to a limited number of roads that have traffic controls (stop lights).

I’m hopeful that Highway 49 in Nevada County will not be transformed into the circus of uncoordinated traffic lights as are currently installed in Placer County/Auburn, which everyone agrees barely works under daily traffic loads.

I’d hope also that growth and commercial development along the Highway 49 corridor can be controlled to prevent the “Auburn sprawl” from creeping up into the rural landscape we all admire. Such a thing as smart planning is possible and can be accomplished.

Michael Swartzendruber

Nevada City

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