Ponderosa Road win-win

By From page A5 | September 23, 2013

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?

Cameron Park

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