Dangerous intersection - Green Valley Road and Ponderosa Road
I’m writing in concern of the dangerous intersection of Green Valley Road and Ponderosa Road in the Shingle Springs road area. I have lived in this area (my property is adjacent to this intersection) for four years now in which time there have been three fatal accidents that I know of and numerous other incidents and near misses. The most recent fatality was yesterday (Aug. 25) and while I will spare you the details, let me say people’s lives were torn apart in more ways than one.
This area, bordering Shingle Springs and Rescue, is a heavily trafficked residential area, with Ponderosa High School three miles to the east (on Ponderosa) and Rescue Elementary School under one mile to the south (on Green Valley). This intersection is a school bus dropoff and there are many children who regularly travel this area on foot or bicycle.
This intersection in specific is at the crest of a hill on Green Valley Road, with a blind corner from both the north and south directions, and has Ponderosa Road entering the road at the apex of the hill. Any turn onto Green Valley from Ponderosa is dangerous due to the high rate of speed of the traffic on Green Valley and the very limited view of oncoming traffic on Green Valley.
The traffic at this intersection must be slowed down or accidents will continue to happen. If this intersection is made into a all-way stop this will slow the approaching traffic on Green Valley without requiring costly and drawn out road work. Other options include a traffic signal, or shaving the hill down to allow for better visibility.
This road safety issue needs to be addressed, the continued screech of tires and the toll of these accidents is not acceptable for a residential neighborhood when it can easily be fixed. Please take the time to visit this site and decide how best to we can fix this problem before the next fatality.