Letters: Caltrans project near Meyers will create problems
April 29, 2017
Went to the Caltrans workshop on the upgrades to U.S. 50. I asked why they didn't just drop the unnecessary signals at Rubicon Trail and Lodi streets and use those funds to provide the badly needed signal at California Route 89 and U.S. 50 instead of the roundabout. This makes even more sense when you realize there is another signal already on Sierra Boulevard between the two streets. Caltrans simply replied with the old pat answer that "the project has already been approved." Apparently that is more important than considering changes that might improve the project.
My biggest concern was the signal light they want to install on Lodi Street. This will allow speeders zooming down Lodi Street on the south side of U.S. 50 to sail across into the blind intersections on the north side where the bike trail is full of walkers, skaters, cyclists and 30-40 very young children who typically play in those streets.
Clearly Caltrans values a smooth trip for the tourists over the safety of the disadvantaged children. I believe we should shut this entire project down until they fix the obvious problems it creates.
South Lake Tahoe, California
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