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Ponderosa Road win-win

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From page A5 | September 23, 2013 | 3 Comments

EDITOR: Wendy Schultz did a wonderful job of reporting the rather mundane and not to be easily redesigned Mineshaft and Ponderosa Road intersection issues. It is clear to about everyone that drives this section of Ponderosa Road near Ponderosa High School that redesigning it will be very expensive and difficult at best.

Even taking it to committee seems a bit “expensive to me.” Yes, people of all types and ages do a rolling stop on this intersection, but how dangerous is that compared to the truly dangerous intersection of Green Valley and Ponderosa? Those who drive to experience all ends of Ponderosa Road know exactly the dichotomy I describe here, where one is a simple mundane nuisance, and the other being a real safety issue.

What safety issue? The safety issue is the dangerous blind spots of Green Valley and Ponderosa Road, where children also exist as do bikers, riders and motorists. Although the traffic count at Green Valley-Ponderosa is not what Ponderosa High School sees, that is clear, it is still a hazard.

One win-win option is that a plethora of expensive $500 rolling stop tickets be handed out by the CHP or Sheriff’s Office resources, and that money be put in a fund for some signage or even a stop sign at Green Valley and Ponderosa Road.

What does the county think about that?

FRANK OBER
Cameron Park

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  • Charlene HensleySeptember 17, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    Good idea, Frank. I was thinking today that the Ponderosa/Green Valley intersection is similar to the El Dorado Rd./Green Valley intersection. Similar blind turns, but the El Dorado Rd. intersection finally got a stop sign. Ponderosa Rd. has needed one for a LONG time.

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  • cookie65September 23, 2013 - 4:58 am

    Your idea will end up in the same place as using seatbelt fines to install seatbelts on school buses. nowhereland.

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  • LpSeptember 24, 2013 - 5:59 pm

    Write the tickets!! Slow down the speed limit! Most importantly....Where is the CHP? Any show of enforcement on our roadways will get offenders to pay attention to the law! Duh!! Is it that complicated?

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