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Hats off to city for 4th St. fixes

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I happen to be one of those who drives 4th Street almost every day, practically its whole length. I consider it to be one of the best street rehabilitation jobs I’ve seen. The road is safe, smooth and easy to navigate, none of which it was before its reconstruction.

The installation of new street lights at key intersections, such as the State Route 99 off- and on-ramps, along with left-turn signals at I Street and new lights at Sunset Drive, have greatly improved traffic flow and safety.

It used to be that if you exited the freeway on the northbound off-ramps you took your life in your hands once you tried to move onto 4th Street, especially when traffic was heavy. Now, that traffic flow has been vastly improved with signal lights.

The left-turn signals at I Street also are welcome, because that is a busy intersection, especially when St. Joachim Church is hosting events. People are much safer now that they have traffic lights to help them enter and exit the adjoining roads.

On the east side of Gateway Drive, the street is smoother, wider and easier to navigate. It’s also safer, not only for motorists but also for pedestrians.

The new paving surface is first class the whole length of the street, from Lake Street to Pine Street.

The city’s Public Works Department did a great job of bringing in the project with as little disruption as possible.

I don’t remember a day during construction when 4th Street wasn’t navigable, even if extra care had to be taken by motorists and pedestrians while work was under way. Time-consuming detours seldom were part of the public inconvenience, and that took some doing. Even at night, it seemed as if one could find one’s way through the maze of construction debris without any harm or unnecessary delay.

Minor but important directional changes were made at 4th Street’s intersection with Pine Street, with both arterials being improved as to traffic flow and safety.

The job was done quickly, too — much quicker, at least, than such projects are wont to take. One reason it went well is because of the excellent planning that took place on the part of city officials, and by the way city officials worked with the people who were affected by the work while it was under way, and who benefit by the new street now that it is completed.

What was once a rumbly and not-too-safe street is now a very good arterial, and a welcome addition to the community’s street inventory.


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