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P.O. Box 3378, Truckee, CA 96160 • (530) 583-2805 • <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Attn: Denyelle Nishimori March 5, 2013 <br />Town of Truckee Planning Department <br />10183 Truckee Airport Road <br />Truckee, CA 96161 <br /> <br />Re: Canyon Springs Draft EIR <br /> <br />Dear Ms. Nishimori, <br /> <br />I’ve been a Glenshire and Meadows resident for nearly 26 years, and I’ve been navigating the <br />Whitehorse Road/Glenshire drive intersection daily for the past 20 years. I’d like to point out <br />some apparent omissions in the transportation report prepared for that intersection, and I’d like to <br />relay my own experiences and observations. <br /> <br />As the report notes, the speed limit is not posted on Glenshire Drive between the freeway and the <br />Glenshire subdivision. Since this roadway section is outside the neighborhood, traffic generally <br />moves at 45 mph, except at the curve east of Whitehorse Road, which forces drivers to slow. The <br />report states that the observed speed was 30 mph during the traffic study, which is reasonable for <br />eastbound traffic leaving the neighborhood, but too low for westbound traffic approaching the <br />neighborhood. Despite a warning sign advising 25 mph at the curve, I regularly travel and follow <br />other vehicles moving at 35 mph. I think 35 mph is a more realistic design speed than 30 mph. <br /> <br />The report repeatedly downplays the limited sight distance from Whitehorse Road on to <br />Glenshire Drive. The intersection summary on page 4.14-28 mentions that drivers on Glenshire <br />Drive have adequate stopping sight distance to react to a car entering from Whitehorse Road. I <br />completely disagree with that statement. Item c) on page 4.14-57 states that eastbound drivers on <br />Glenshire Drive have over 500 feet of stopping distance. That may be true, but the report misses <br />the fact that eastbound vehicles have potential to be confronted by vehicles entering from <br />Whitehorse Road at distances as close as 195 feet. Similarly, westbound vehicles on Glenshire <br />Drive may be confronted by entering vehicles from Whitehorse Road at distances as close 170 <br />feet. Furthermore, as stated above, these westbound vehicles are moving at speeds greater than <br />30 mph. The traffic analysis should consider 195 feet and 170 feet, eastbound and westbound <br />respectively, as the available stopping sight distance on Glenshire Drive approaching Whitehorse <br />Road. Using these numbers for the east and west Glenshire Drive approaches, the intersection <br />fails in two additional directions with respect to sight distance. <br /> <br />The corner sight distance of 170 feet from Whitehorse Road east on to Glenshire Drive is a best <br />case number that is true only at one specific location in the intersection. Most of the view from <br />the intersection is blocked by a guard rail, utility box, and/or wood neighborhood sign. If a driver <br />on Whitehorse does not take extreme care to find the exact spot that yields the 170 foot sight <br />distance, his or her view will be limited by the obstructions listed above, or by the cut slope at