Tuesday, March 7, 2006 • Task force working to make Uptown Susanville safer

Publisher’s note: This story is reprinted from the Tuesday, March 7, 2006 edition of the Lassen County Times.

The Highway 36 Town Hill Safety Task Force works to reduce the number of injuries and fatal accidents in the Town Hill area of Highway 36.

At its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 23, task force co-chairman and Susanville Police Chief Chris Gallagher and California Highway Patrol Captain Todd Chadd presented updates on issues the task force is working on.

Gallagher told the task force the 30-mile-per-hour sign was moved up the hill near Hillcrest Drive and away from the radar sign located at the entrance of Susanville on Highway 36.

Gallagher said the purpose of moving the sign was to make it more visible for people driving into town.

“Hopefully people are noticing it more,” he said.

Another issue brought forth by the task force is installing a commercial vehicle enforcement facility, or a heavy truck platform scale, at the current mini scale site at the top of the grade of Highway 36.

The construction of the facility will address safety concerns regarding trucks carrying heavy loads in and out of the Uptown Susanville area.

Chadd told the task force he received a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility draft report and Lassen County was 12th on the list for new construction and upgrades.

The estimated cost for the project ranges from $2 to $4 million, excluding any private property purchase.

Chadd said with help from county and city officials and state legislators, Lassen County can be moved farther up the list.