John Deam: Making Highway 174 more dangerous |

John Deam: Making Highway 174 more dangerous

Craig Steiger’s letter regarding Highway 174 was spot on. Thirty years ago in my civil engineering class, Transportation Engineering, I recall clearly a discussion about curvy mountain roads.

Basically, the bottom line was that they were safer than two-lane straight roads. Although single vehicle accidents occasionally occurred, two-vehicle collisions were infrequent, supposedly because drivers have to pay more attention to their driving on curvy two-lane highways.

So I concur with Mr. Steiger’s conclusion that CalTrans straightening of Highway 174 will encourage speeding. It will also lead to more accidents.

John Deam

Grass Valley

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