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Keep our roads clear

Sierra Sun opinion

Despite the rippling effect that state budget problems have had for rural areas like Truckee – and will continue to have in the next few years – we can only hope that common sense prevails when it comes to funding of snow removal in the mountains.

This week Caltrans is appealing to the state’s finance office for leniency in budget reductions, in hopes of retaining a snow-removal presence equal to years past. If Caltrans is unsuccessful, some local roads, including state routes 267, 89 and 28, may be removed from A-list priority. This can only mean one thing: More accidents.

Despite several mild winters, and predictions of a mild winter this year, anyone who has lived here long enough knows that roads can get a little hairy when the plows aren’t on top of things.

Snowy roads cause congestion, accidents and headaches. In recent memory, Caltrans has improved its operations, and gotten to the roads before major accidents have occurred, although there are always a few – with fatalities – every year.

When the roads get sloppy, it really hurts the Truckee-North Tahoe communities. Residents and visitors get into accidents, people skip a trip to the ski resort or stay away from downtown, productivity slows, our kids don’t get to school…the list goes on. Sure we live in the mountains, and we should expect the headaches of snowy days, but our communities are growing and we need the resources to get around town.

We know state finances are in sad shape, but please California, throw us a bone. This is where you come to play.


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