Tuesday, July 22, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Four lanes for Olive Drive?

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From page A6 | June 03, 2014 |

I attended one of the Nishi Gateway project planning presentations put on by the city and noticed that on each of the three map plans under consideration, Olive Drive is extended and connected to the main (seems to be a four-lane) road running through the heart of the project area.
Given the size of the project and the number of residents and employees expected there, it certainly seems that the widening and extension of Olive Drive into the project area would place too heavy a traffic burden on the Richards undercrossing and Olive Drive/Richards intersection areas. Isn’t the city, in fact, planning a colossal traffic monster for us?
Why not divert the main car, bus and truck traffic to the other end of the project, off Old Davis Road, for example?  That would free up Olive Drive and the Arboretum eastward extension (under development this past year) and the Putah Creek Parkway landscape improvement project (a city project between Olive Drive and the Nishi property and underway this past year, also) for bicycle and pedestrian circulation into campus and downtown? Why not build on (and build up) what we already have?
Isn’t it in the interest of the city to encourage in all ways possible foot and bicycle traffic into the downtown and onto campus?  Shouldn’t we be doing everything possible to not create car, bus and truck bottlenecks at the city’s front door? Shouldn’t the city do its planning with a real shot at Measure J/R approval in mind?

David Fahy

Davis

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  • Jim LeonardJune 03, 2014 - 6:36 am

    The "City of Davis" and U. C. Davis have been "silently" colluding for years, with the help of the business community, both inside and outside the town. Once the "product" is ready, the only item left will be selling it to the residents of Davis and the university. Things that can be accomplished without a vote of the people have been accomplished, such as an agreement to build a 7 story hotel/conference center at the corner of Richards and I-80. Of course, that administrative choice will help shape the argument for opening up the Richards tunnel and approving the Gateway Project. Once again, the University and the City work against the interests of their "peoples" but, always, in the name of democracy.

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  • Rich RifkinJune 03, 2014 - 8:41 am

    JIM: "an agreement to build a 7 story hotel/conference center at the corner of Richards and I-80. " .................. Although you failed to apologize to me, Jim, I appreciate your correcting your oft repeated error regarding the "7-story conference center." It is, of course, a 7-story hotel (in the back of the property) with a 1-story (10,000 s.f.) conference room and a restaurant near Richards Blvd.

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  • Jim LeonardJune 03, 2014 - 9:17 am

    Rich, you are confused. YOU owe ME an apology. But this is a petty argument. There will be 7 stories of traffic impact. Can we agree on that? And there will be pressure to open up Richards tunnel. That's obvious, right?

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  • Rich RifkinJune 03, 2014 - 9:47 am

    "There will be 7 stories of traffic impact. Can we agree on that? And there will be pressure to open up Richards tunnel. That's obvious, right?" ............ Traffic impacts will be studied in the EIR. You need not worry about "opening up" the Davis Subway. We have no money for that, and we have voted about 5 times on proposals to expand the underpass and each has failed. At the same time, you surely agree that the T.O.T. money and the introduction of more shoppers and diners into downtown Davis will be good for our city?

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  • KAJJune 03, 2014 - 11:25 am

    I prefer to have car bottlenecks near the periphery of downtown during the peak traffic hour, including the queue of cars near the Richards tunnel. This keeps downtown both walkable and bikeable. It's a blessing in disguise. I say this as someone who is disabled and unable to bike. I don't mind waiting in my car when I when I drive through this area. It keeps downtown pleasant.

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