Caltrans has removed two Nevada County Highways from it’s priority list, now Nevada County Transportation Commission Executive Director Dan Landon is concerned safety improvement projects for those highways will not get done.
Highway 20 from Interstate 80 to I-5 has been removed from the Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan (ITSP) as has Highway 49 between Auburn and Grass Valley. Landon says the Nevada County Transportation Commission has already invested funds for environmental and engineering studies for improvements to Highway 49.
Landon says to continue with improvements on Highway 49 the county needs Caltrans cooperation, which at this point seems unlikely.
Caltrans Draft 2015 Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan is still open for comment. Landon encourages all county residents who are concerned about traffic safety to go to the Caltrans Website and urge Caltrans to put Highways 20 and 49 back on the “Focus Routes”
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The deadline for comments is June 8th.
Visit the Caltrans website by clicking here.
Comments and questions can be sent by email to:
Send letters to Caltrans to:
Caltrans System Planning MS32
P.O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274
Asking residents to send letters to DOT is all well and good, but the primary responsibility for representing our interests lies with our elected officials who represent us on committees with the State and should be making strong efforts on the behalf of Nevada County's interests. What do our County Supervisors plan to do about this issue?
Who from elected officials and country transportation employees was "asleep at the switch" when CalTrans deliberated their priorities and opted to remove Nevada Cnty from the list?
State of Jefferson:-).