EDITOR: While I praise Supervisor Knight and the Board of Supervisors for their efforts to improve traffic conditions in El Dorado Hills, I also challenge them to think.
Traffic is merely a symptom of the larger problem of overwrought development in El Dorado Hills, primarily along Green Valley Road and Silva Valley Road.
The Silva Valley Exchange, providing another EDH/50 interchange and connecting El Dorado Hills and Highway 50 to Elk Grove and Highway 99, will likely turn Silva Valley Road into a traffic nightmare. Particularly, if the proposed developments along Green Valley Road are approved by the board: Dixon Ranch, Wilson Estates, the Green Springs Equestrian Center, the Winn Commercial Center, to name a few.
Anyone who drives Silva Valley Road during the school year understands the congestion caused just by parents picking up, dropping off their children. Now, add existing and increasing traffic emanating from Green Valley Road, from expanded developments, headed for the new exchange.
The board needs to think: cause and effect. And be a bit more circumspect in approving traffic spawning developments. Boasting about adding right turn lanes is OK; but the board needs to stop the bleeding where it starts: unmitigated development.
El Dorado Hills