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Highway 174 Safety Project Still Has Many Critics

Controversy continues to swirl around a project designed to reduce accidents on a 2-mile stretch of Highway 174. Cal Trans Spokesperson Liza Whitmore says accidents were 2-3 times the normal rate, between Maple Way and You Bet Road, from 2009 to 2011, the latest numbers available. And the fatality rate was 5 times the average. But in addition to questioning those figures, opponents say there would be environmental damage, especially the cutting down of hundreds of conifer trees. Whitmore says they will try to minimize the impacts as much as possible. But she says shoulders need to be a lot wider…

click to listen to Liza Whitmore

Whitmore says she’s not aware of any more public meetings being planned for the project this year, but discussions with opponents are still ongoing…

click to listen to Liza Whitmore

But opponents are also gathering petition signatures. And Cal Trans also has to successfully negotiate right-of-way acquisition on 49 private parcels. The plan is to start the project in the summer of 2019, with completion in the fall of 2020.

3 Comments

August 23, 2017

Deborah Thorsen

I am among the Unlucky property owners who live on this planned Hwy 174 widening project If those 20 ft clear cuts on both sides of the highway that Caltrans is planning on doing indeed happen, it will be devastating monetarily and environmentally to everybody's property values and our health. I am going to loose a dozen healthy Ponderosa pines in front of my property by the highway which is a screen against the traffic from my house. The volume of traffic on Hwy 174 will be double and compounded with more aggressive driving and more crashes.
How is Caltrans going to rectify this situation and compensate us for loosing 1/2 of our property values.

August 23, 2017

thomas henshall

Look at the accident rate of hwy 49 after the so called safety improvements. I do not even drive hwy 49 Due to the crash and fatality rates of hwy 49. Caltrains told me there improvements were safety measures. Just google hwy 49 fatalities, tell me how that is safe? Keep 174 the way it is. Safer then any stretch of hwy 49 safety corridor. Why did Caltrains name it safe. Commercial use, semi trucks are getting bigger, and cities are losing a % of sales because of it. That's what I was told by a head over site manager associated with caltrans. so we need more room for more head on collisions.

August 23, 2017

Tina Putzel

I have been driving Hwy 174 for over 40 years. I have never had an accident because I obey the speed limit and conditions of the road. Why is it, that the government feels the need to "protect" those who drive recklessly? This road butchering is just another example of that. I realize my words are harsh to some, but I am only thinking of those who own homes along Hwy 174. I bet they never in their wildest dreams thought it would be turned into a super highway when they bought their homes. People will only drive faster.

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