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Kary Rush's picture
Joined: 06/12/2012
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Watch for deer signs needed!

Please join us in asking the Sacramento County Department of Transportation to add one or two Deer Crossing signs in front of Rancho Murieta.  You can go on their website and complete a request.  We not only feel sorry for the deer being hit while crossing the road  but for animal control who must pick them up.  This will be especially important as more traffic is generated by the retail center  and hotel. 

Thank you.

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Don Sams's picture
Joined: 08/14/2007
Posts: 14
Deer Crossing Signage

?? Really, good grief!

Beth Buderus's picture
Joined: 08/03/2007
Posts: 926
I'm all for it

Thanks Kary, I'll all for that.  Including puting signs on our own parkway! 

We saw a great sign down in Mammoth Lakes.

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Steven W King's picture
Joined: 09/16/2010
Posts: 249
Been saying the same thing for a long time.

Kary,

I've been saying the same thing for quite a while now. Westbound hwy 16 between the south gate and the bridge is a location that a "Deer X-ing" sing  needs to be installed. I'm not aware of any collisions with car/deer in the westbound direction but it is a high flow area for deer crossing the road and a deer in the wetbound land could easily cause a head on with an eastbound vehicle coming off the bridge. Eastbound Hwy 16 approaching the North Gate intersection (Big deer kill area from crossing from lawn to lawn on the western side of the intersection). And again, eastbound hwy 16 as you head east from Murieta Parkway toward the south gate. I'm surprised there aren't more accidents with car/deer and I think that the signs would make our area roadways safer.

I'd also support a reduction in the 55 mph speed limit between North and South, to 45 mph. That would also help to increase the safety of that particular stretch of road.

Jacque Villa's picture
Joined: 07/11/2009
Posts: 539
Deer Crossing signs

I said this years ago....and we called Cal-Trans ...... They don't think we need them, however, they don't live out here or see the amount of accidents that happen as a result of deer running across the roads!!!!!  I hope perhaps if we start calling again that they might listen to us this time. All they have to do is check with Animal Control and see how many dead deer they have come out to pick up.......and they have no idea of how many accidents have been caused because the drivers swerved to avoid the deer and hit another car.......!!!!!

Please keep calling them and perhaps we can write a letter too.

 

Thanks

Beth Buderus's picture
Joined: 08/03/2007
Posts: 926
Where to place signs??

I got a reply from the website you posted: 

"Please give the location that the signs would be most effective considering this is a 10 mile stretch?  Your insight is very important since you live in the area and know the pattern of the local herd of deer."

Since it sounds like they want a 10 mile stretch, I wonder where it should start (East Bound) and start (West Bound)?

Thoughts anyone??

Kary Rush's picture
Joined: 06/12/2012
Posts: 42
Signs

We always see the deer attempting to cross right at Murieta South Parkway but generally between Stonehouse and Murieta South Parkway is where we see the deer getting hit. I drive the Jackson Highway from Muieta South Parkway to Watt Avenue every day to work.  Glad you got a response.....

Kary Rush's picture
Joined: 06/12/2012
Posts: 42
Contact Cal Trans

Steven,

 

Please contact Cal Trans and submit a request. Perhaps we will get their attention if there are enough concerned citizens who request additional signage.  Thank you!

Jacque Villa's picture
Joined: 07/11/2009
Posts: 539
Deer Warning signs

Thanks Beth, at least you got some response from them.......my suggestion would be to start, East Bound, right about Lone Pine before the curve to RM.........then all the way up to and past the South Gate. West Bound.......sign should be just before the homes in the South. 

Most of the accidents and sightings seem to be between the North and South gates including the intersection of Jackson and Murieta Parkway.

 

Beth Buderus's picture
Joined: 08/03/2007
Posts: 926
Thanks Jacque

Thanks Jacque, that was my thought too.  Hopefully they will consider it even though it's not a 10 mile stretch...maybe I'm just misreading their question?

Nancy Clark's picture
Joined: 08/07/2007
Posts: 114
I would place the sides farther out

In order to get closer to a 10-mile spread, you might consider placing the signs farther away.  For instance, instead of near Lone Pine, how about at the western boundary of the Equine Center?   This way there's a gap of time between drivers seeing the sign, and giving thought to what it says.

Jacque Villa's picture
Joined: 07/11/2009
Posts: 539
Deer Signs

Thanks Nancy......that could work also.....if they want to stretch it out to a 10 mile area.......hopefully giving a "heads up" to the drivers......

 

Jacque

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