Cal Trans hosted a community meeting about traffic issues on Highway 255 from Arcata to Eureka tonight. There was a powerpoint presentation, and lots of nicely made up posters of potential projects and phases. They wanted to have a controlled forum where people had to speak one on one to either Cal Trans staff or Police enforcement. Divide and conquer instead of answering the community as a group and to the Peninsula residents credit, they insisted to be heard as a community in a question answer forum. There had to be at least 10 Cal Trans employees and 3 Police officers at the meeting. (Who is paying for all of this?) I said they could save alot of money just lowering the speed on all of 255 to 45 MPH and painting double yellow lines the entire way. A person in the crowd asked for a show of hands for all that agreed and many hands were raised. One of the Cal Trans dudes answered, "There are legal issues to lowering the speed since the median speed on 255 is 59 MPH." Huh? That is why we were having the meeting in the first place! People are going to fast! "We have to do traffic calming measures to lower the medium speed, so we can lower the speed limit." That is just crazy talk!
On great potential project they had on one of the posters is potential extensions on the Samoa Bridge to allow foot and bike traffic on platforms hooked to the outside of the bridge. Three different concepts that looked very doable.