Letters to the Editor June 16, 2012

Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Signs warning motorists about pedestrian traffic needed on 101

Highway 101 in Northern California is a deadly highway. I think signs warning motorists of possible pedestrian cross traffic should be used near the Klamath townsite.

The townsite has a lot of pedestrian traffic. Combine the high pedestrian traffic with increased summertime tourist traffic and it becomes easy to see how some highway signage could help.

How much could a pair of signs cost? How many people have to die before something is done?

Chris Valvo

Klamath

County supervisors' Hwy. 197 plans don't consider motorists

All along I thought you supervisors were paid by us to work for us.

The recent election also reinforced that concept, but there must be

something wrong with that expectation. You supervisors seem to have a

different plan to work for the trucking companies and the road builders

while we pay.

Of course you know that I recently sent each of you an e-mail

containing the following question: "How do you feel about the present

Caltrans work in changing Highway 197 to be able to allow STAA trucks

pulling a trailer at the present speed of 55 mph with the result that we

would face being killed each time we used our driveway to get on

Highway 197?"

About three years ago, according to the Triplicate, all five of you

supervisors voted yes! This was contrary to the fact that I had given

them feedback explaining that what they were doing wasn't working and

told them what would and published articles in the Triplicate to that

effect. Now I see that the Del Norte County supervisors are a part of

the problem.

This is the way the local Caltrans has operated as long as I have

known them. What a contrast with the Caltrans in my voting city, Los

Angeles. There they improve roads at the drop of the hat and do it

right.

Our Caltrans, even to this day, has not commented on my notarized

letter to it years ago where I pointed out that what they were doing to

Highway 197 was wrong and stated a better plan, which everyone who was

home when I canvassed them, signed the back of the sheet. The back of

the sheet was covered. That is what Caltrans and the supervisors have

been ignoring all these years.

Elmer Zuehlke

Gasquet

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