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Save all of our streets

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From page A6 | March 12, 2014 |

Does the City of Davis realize that grass is growing in the many cracks in the pavement of Covell Boulevard? Where will the funds come from to repair this busy thoroughfare and other deteriorating streets?

In contrast to this neglect, the city has been pursuing a boondoggle road diet on Fifth Street, turning it from two lanes to one lane in each direction. Even before the completion of the project, the traffic jams already on Fifth Street for drivers and emergency vehicles — police, fire and ambulances — are a mess.

Both the main fire station and the police station are located on Fifth Street. With only one lane in each direction on Fifth Street between A and L streets, the accident rate will climb. Bikers, pedestrians and drivers will be less safe. Traffic will increase on alternative routes, Eighth Street and grassy Covell Boulevard.

When will the city of Davis pay attention to the problems of Covell Boulevard and other streets?

Sandra Sokolow
Davis

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  • Alan MillerMarch 12, 2014 - 1:22 am

    Oh, stop already. The Fifth Street project is decades overdue and the best thing to happen for bicycling in Davis since the tunnel under i-80. Accident rates are high on this stretcch of 5th now, the entire thing is designed for safety. As has been explained over and over, the addition of turn lanes allows through cars to continue unimpeded, so through capacity is not reduced. The two lane vs. one lane argument is so refuted that you must be holding your hands over your ears and singing "la la la la la la".

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  • RKMarch 12, 2014 - 9:49 am

    The 5th Street project is long-time coming and desperately needed. The car traffic will travel smoothly with left and right turn lanes and avoid the numerous accidents and near-accidents that current occur due to frequent lane changes to get around stopped cars. Bikes will be able to travel down the street without cars passing within inches of their handle bars. Pedestrians will be able to cross without risking their lives. I am so looking forward to these changes and Sandra doesn't know what she is talking about.

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  • DougMarch 12, 2014 - 10:55 am

    I'll leave it to other to debate the merits of the 5th Street project. But thank you Sandra for highlighting the deterioration of Covell Blvd and its landscaping. The western portion of Covell Blvd from Sycamore Lane all the way to Shasta Ave on the other side of highway 113 is in particular need of a facelift.

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  • Noreen MazelisMarch 12, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    And this Fifth Street "project" is estimated to cost us "only" $1.9 million.

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  • Alan MillerMarch 12, 2014 - 7:15 pm

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