Better 132 plan could quell anger
The story by reporter Garth Stapley, “Crowd voices anger at 132 plan” (Page A1, Aug. 19), accurately conveyed the frustration on the west side about the mediocrity of the plan to build the 132 Freeway West. We have to live with whatever is built in perpetuity; therefore, we want it done right.
First, we want the toxic waste mounds removed. Caltrans says the dirt is safe. If that’s true, the cost to remove the dirt shouldn’t be “millions.”
Second, we want a below-grade facility like Freeway 99 through downtown. When the toxic waste is removed, only a little more digging will be required.
Third, we want a full interchange at Carpenter Road. If we have to endure a freeway in our neighborhood, we should be able to use it.
Finally, we want a ramp connecting northbound 99 with westbound 132 without a signalized intersection. We don’t want the freeway to add to congestion.
If Caltrans does not have enough money to build the facility, ask for a supplemental appropriation.
Shame on our local elected representatives for scolding us instead of representing us.
Bruce R. Frohman, Modesto
Outlaw groundwater sales in Merced
I’ve worried about earthquake, fire or lightning disasters, but never about our well going dry. In May, Merced County supervisors discussed enacting groundwater laws. It is now August, and Supervisor Hub Walsh said they’re “at the point of gathering information.” Maybe they should speed things up by borrowing a copy of groundwater laws from Stanislaus, Madera, Fresno and San Joaquin counties. They already enforce these laws.
Two private landowners have been approved to export 13,000 acre-feet of our county’s groundwater to Stanislaus County. As far as I understand, Merced has a drought as bad as the drought in Stanislaus. I believe we pay our supervisors to work for Merced, not Stanislaus County and not for two groundwater miners.
Why can anyone sell our natural resources, which flow underneath all of our lands? Can two landowners make millions selling what belongs to us all? Don’t we need water to drink, and don’t our farmers need water to grow their crops?
Barbara Higgins, Atwater
Glad College going on ‘diet’
I am writing to applaud and support the city of Modesto’s efforts to improve traffic flow and safety on College Avenue. The expected benefits of the proposed “road diet” are impressive: fewer accidents, expanded and safer street parking, increased property values and improved safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. All of this, and vehicle capacity remains the same. Not only that, but implementing the plan is largely a matter of re-striping the street in a more thoughtful manner. Combining the road diet with a pending street resurfacing project means the cost is negligible. I look forward to experiencing the benefits of an improved College Avenue and hope other streets will be similarly upgraded in the near future.
Brian Greene, Modesto
Whom will Briggsmore work benefit?
As a daily commuter on Briggsmore Avenue, I can’t for the life of me see the benefits of the roadwork going on, especially the new traffic snarler going in at Tully Road. What a waste of my tax dollars. I would much rather see that money spent on putting a few more cops on the street. Whoever the genius is that came up with that brainstorm is definitely overpaid. It makes as much sense as the stoplight at Ninth and Carver. Another stupid idea by the Garrad Marsh administration.
Dave Cash, Modesto