October 19, 2006
On behalf of the Assumption Parish community I wish to express my thanks and gratitude to all who contributed to the restoration and repair work involving Trout Creek.
Over the years I have been familiar with the challenges that were posed by the circumstances that involved other in the past.
I was also familiar with the complexities involving this project, in terms of planning, financial resources and approval by various agencies. It took the effort, cooperation and goodwill of many to undertake this project.
As the work on the project got underway in the last several weeks, I had the opportunity to watch the progress of the work on a daily basis, knowing the time frame was limited to complete the work.
Not only the weather was of concern, but also the traffic circulation was affected by closing a portion of Donner Pass Road for an extended period of time.
With the strong support of the Truckee Town Council, and the hard work of the town staff in particular, Dan Wilkins, Todd Landry and others, the work of the contractor YubaCon Inc., this project has been completed.
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I am relieved and grateful of what was accomplished.
In life we meet many challenges knowing that we will need to address them even though we might think that the time is not right or that we are not in position to do what is required.
The lesson of the Trout Creek restoration project is that we must address our challenges for they will benefit not only our present community but they will be a legacy that we leave to the future generations.
Thanks you all for your patience and goodwill.
Father Stanley Poltorak
I read with interest the Sept. 19, 2006 front page article (“Pedestrian peril) in the Sierra Sun regarding the dangerous pedestrian problem along the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. My husband and I have owned for four or five years a timeshare at Edgelake Beach Club in Tahoe Vista and have been very aware of the pedestrian problems along that northern stretch of Highway 28.
I have written various letters to Caltrans, with responses assuring me that there was a master plan in the works, but little has happened in the years we have visited the lake. True, there is now a crosswalk from the lake side to Safeway at Tahoe Vista with a warning sign, but this has in many ways made the situation worse. Drivers either don’t see or choose to ignore the pedestrian right-of-way and a pedestrian must often wait a long while to be sure the traffic has actually stopped and it’s safe to cross the highway.
As you know, there is a fairly long stretch of highway where there is no heavy traffic and drivers receive little warning that they are coming into a more busy, populated area. Speed limits should be lower a distance before Tahoe Vista and into the eastern end of Kings Beach.
Certainly it doesn’t make sense to have further fatal and/or injury accidents before a good plan is worked out between the state agencies and the various communities.
Lowering the speed limit dramatically and patrolling the area often for speeders would be good beginnings.
Your problem has concerned me since we have been temporary residents and I want to see some solutions. Please let me know if I can sign petitions, etc. and add another voice to those who want a lifesaving solution to the pedestrian crossing on Highway 28 in the northern lake communities.
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