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Galt council: Flea market traffic needs to be studied

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Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2002 10:00 pm

GALT - As the city examines its long-range traffic needs, council members have expressed disappointment that a city-commissioned study didn't address how Galt Market traffic affects the Central Galt interchange on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when the flea market is open.

At Tuesday's council meeting, Mayor Bob Kraude and Councilman Rick Stancil said that the flea market, located south of City Hall and west of the Galt Sports Complex, was ignored in a comprehensive traffic analysis released in December.

Kraude said he wants to incorporate flea market, traffic in the study before the council adopts it and incorporates it in the city's general plan.

The traffic circulation study was prepared in conjunction with a Caltrans study that calls for Highway 99 to be widened from four to six lanes between Elk Grove Boulevard and the south end of Galt.

Long-range plans call for a full interchange to be built at the Central Galt exit, which goes to C Street west of the freeway and Boessow Road on the east side. Options include:

. Continuing the C Street alignment, which leads to City Hall and the main commercial area. At Lincoln Way, a new road would extend northwest from C Street to A Street.

. Realigning the overpass directly onto A Street, which would lead traffic to the back of Galt Plaza, the city's major shopping center, and to one side of Galt High School.

Civic Drive, a one-block-long street that extends from C Street south to Caroline Avenue, would be continued north through Galt Plaza. That would require some small stores east of Long's Drugs to be demolished.

. Realigning the overpass onto A Street, but instead of extending Civic Drive to A Street, Chabolla Avenue would be extended north to A Street.

This option creates its own set of problems, requiring the demolition of a gourmet coffee shop, three restaurants, the Galt Elementary district office and possibly the AutoZone store.

The Chabolla extension, west of Civic Drive, would run just east of Denny's and west of Save Mart.

Vice Mayor Tim Raboy said doesn't understand why either of the A Street options were included in the report.

"You're going to be in the back of Save Mart and all those businesses," Raboy said.

"The businesses will go nuts," he added.

Caltrans also plans to improve the Twin Cities Road interchange and build a third interchange - by possibly connecting Pringle Avenue to the west and Ayers Lane to the east.

The plan also calls for exits at Crystal Way, Simmerhorn Road, Elm Avenue and Fairway Drive to be eliminated.

At Walnut Avenue, Caltrans may construct a fourth Galt interchange or build an overcrossing so motorists can cross the highway there. Currently, northbound motorists have access only to the portion of Walnut east of Highway 99, and southbound motorists can only reach the west side.

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