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Wide divides

Becky Trout’s (Feb. 2) article covers a number of relevant issues. I fully agree that wide roads discourage neighborhood dialogue and encourage speeding. It is great that the developers of the Loma Rica and Kenny Ranch projects are proposing narrow roads within their developments. However, these large developments also contribute to the problem by adding thousands of daily vehicle trips to the existing narrow roads of older Grass Valley neighborhoods.

We live on a narrow road just outside of the Grass Valley city limits. As downtown Grass Valley has become gridlocked, many motorists take our narrow road as a bypass. It wasn’t that many years ago that we were able to safely walk to the neighborhood market down our narrow road. These days with most vehicles traveling between 35 and 40 mph in a residential neighborhood with a posted 25 mph speed limit, it is not safe to walk to the market down the narrow road. It takes more than narrow roads to slow traffic. Safety is compromised by the increased number of vehicles on the existing narrow roads.

Philip Hines

Grass Valley

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