Letters to the Editor June 16, 2012

Written by Del Norte Triplicate Readers June 19, 2012 09:16 am

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