Letters to the Editor

An expressway to nowhere

Do you support the justapproved Salida growth initiative, hoping the proposed expressway will solve all those commute problems? The only reason developers agreed to pay for any part of this road is so they could achieve their goal of building lots and lots of houses. How will 4,900 new homes contribute to solving traffic congestion?

If each home follows the national average of 1.9 cars per household, that's an additional 9,310 cars on the road each day. Developers have agreed to fund four of 10 lanes from Highway 99 to Stoddard Road for an expressway that dead-ends at Dale Road. Our taxes must pay the balance. Alaska had its bridge to nowhere; welcome to Stanislaus County's expressway to nowhere.

DIANA SMITH

Modesto

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