Bolster's Plan for ROUNDABOUT in El Dorado Gets Local Pushback
The Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan not only addresses options for improving traffic circulation in the area, but also population growth, jobs and cityscape issues such as sidewalks, landscaping, bike paths and crosswalks with an eye for how those communities may look 10 to 20 years from now.
Dawn Hodson writes in the Mt Democrat: http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/el-dorado-diamond-plans-percolating/
“There’s no other community on the western slope of El Dorado County that is having a plan like this done,” said EDCTC senior transportation planner Dan Bolster. “Other communities would love to have this done for them.”
Bolster said the plan actually grew out of a State Route 49 realignment study that began in 2010. However as various transportation and community issues arose during the study, EDCTC decided to go after a $250,000 Caltrans grant to prepare a community plan that focused on the El Dorado and Diamond Springs area.
She went on to write:
Two public workshops were also held with residents who were asked to identify what values were most important to the community in designing the plan.
The answer that came back repeatedly, according to Bolster, was preserving the historical and rural nature of the area.
“The community really wants to preserve the historic core of El Dorado and Diamond Springs,” he said. “In particular they want to preserve the architectural and historic character of the downtown.” ...
Three different options for improving circulation at the intersection have been proposed. One is to leave the existing stop signs but add sidewalks and enhance the crosswalks. A second is putting in a traffic signal. The third option is a roundabout in front of Poor Red’s, an option that would mean taking out some of the on-street parking.
Bolster said so far, the feedback is that no one wants the traffic signal while a few others have concerns about the roundabout.
One of those is George Turnboo who owns a gas station at the intersection.
“Putting in the roundabout would mean taking out parking for two local businesses,” he said. “It’s wrong and will hurt businesses because there would be no way to stop and shop. It’s crazy for them to be doing this here,” he said, adding that there is also a drainage problem in the area. Turnboo went on to say that not enough notice was being given to local residents so they know about what kinds of plans are being made for the community...
Turnboo is not the only person that felt blindsided by the proposal. Ernie Louis wrote:
I went to one of Mr. Bolster's "traffic meetings". I have high regard for the Bolster family, but just have to post my concerns. 1. Mr. Bolster and the Board of Supervisors must remember that existing residents are the highest stakeholder in the area. Mr. Bolster and the Board of Supervisors must remember that bicycles' are used mostly by people who live down hill in high density subdivisions. Mr. Bolster and the Board of Supervisor must remember that it is unwise to narrow existing roads to make room for people who do not depend on existing road for their daily circulation.
Another taxpayer wrote:
Roundabouts are a joke.. Sacramento Removed the ones they had. They also make a great place to Drift your car.. You will love that at 2am.. El Dorado County Planning Commission wake up before you waste our money.
Residents and stakeholders will have a chance to review and comment on the draft plan at a series of upcoming meetings. On Feb. 13, the draft will be presented to the El Dorado County Planning Commission. That meetings start at 9 a.m. On March 6 it will go back before the EDCTC for a hearing at 2 p.m. All EDCTC meetings are held in the Board of Supervisors chambers. The Planning Commission meets at 2850 Fairlane Court.
The plan is also available at EDCTC’s Website at http://www.edctc.org/Projects.html.
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