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November 25, 2009
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Letter to the Editor: An open letter to Susan Martinovich, Director Nevada Department of Transportation:

Dear Ms. Martinovich

Thank you for your guest column in the Nov. 19 issue of the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. I agree that unsafe winter driving behavior is the cause of many crashes. In that regard, we need some help from NDOT on the Mt. Rose Highway.

You are doubtless aware of the melting snow and ice that causes the unusually slippery situation just east of the summit around the first curve of Mt. Rose Highway. Every year there are crashes on those curves from motorists who fail to slow down after passing the summit trailhead parking. I try to be alert every time I return from a trip to Reno for oncoming cars traveling sideways toward me on that section of road.

The problem is often not the driver, but the fact that there is absolutely no warning of the unexpected unsafe condition that lies ahead. Would you please consider a sign for the eastbound Highway 431 drivers after the summit (when one has finished negotiating possible traffic at the trailhead area) indicating the icy conditions that prevail there most of the winter. Such a sign may just save a few lives whenever it can be installed.

Jon Paul Davidson

Incline Village

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Nov 25, 2009 08:02PM Published Nov 25, 2009 08:01PM Copyright 2009 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.