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Suggestions on 49 commute

In regard to your recent editorials about the commute along Highway 49 to Interstate 80, there are several observations I would like to suggest/recommend.

First, if they re-striped the highway from Bear River to Combie/Wolf, making it two lanes the entire distance, this would reduce accidents and wouldn’t cost that much to do. Traffic in the morning is staggered, but in the evenings the flow moves at the same time. By reducing the Combie/Wolf to Bear River segment from two lanes to one would be simple and cost-effective.

Second, if the early morning traffic traveling through Auburn (5 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.) didn’t have to stop for every light that only had one car, it would allow for easier flow. Just make the cross light “flashing red” for the side traffic in the early morning. Keep it normal at main intersections, Bell Road being one of them.



Third, in regard to the statistics, I am curious as to the breakdown of the accidents. When I see vehicles traveling in the dark at 55-60 mph with only one car distance between them, I wouldn’t be surprised if that isn’t one of the statistics – rear-ending. Deer are not very bright when it comes to vehicles. It only takes one deer to run out in front of a car and have a chain reaction accident due to this tailgating.

Gary Fosburg




Grass Valley


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