By From page A7 | August 23, 2013


Sorry, Charlie (Warren Wyllie), your current peeve about traffic on Highway 50 (and you are not alone) goes back a lot longer than your 15 years.

We came here over 40 years ago, and it was getting bad then. You must go back to the city fathers in the 1950s, and ask them. It is our understanding that in the light of then future Highway 50 improvements, Placerville’s city fathers were afraid that Placerville would die if Highway 50 bypassed it. They were so nearsighted that they could not even look as far as Highway 99 in the central valley, or visualize the continued population growth.

In post WWII, Highway 99 went through every city in its path in the valley. By the ’50s and ’60s many were lobbying to bypass, but even with that, the cities grew out to where the highway was. At least the bypass never did have traffic signals, even after the cify surrounded it again.

We came here in the ’60s, and there were proposals then to bypass Placerville to the south (Pleasant Valley Road as far east as Smith Flat, I believe). As you can see, it was lobbied into oblivion. The growth of Apple Hill in the ’70s and ’80s just added to the mess.

We too, hope Main Street and Broadway enjoy the choke they have each Sunday.

Sadly, there is not a convenient bypass around the whole mess, but I suppose it would be choked also.

Diamond Springs

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