By SUNNY LOCKWOOD
A traffic study suggesting changes to Angels Camp's Dogtown Road, Clifton Lane and Gardner Lane was the subject.
And it brought more than 40 people to the Angels Camp City Council meeting Tuesday night for a public hearing on the possible changes.
City Engineer Gary Ghio said Caltrans' planned Highway 4 bypass will eventually cause major traffic problems with Dogtown Road and other area streets.
"By 2020, Caltrans will block off Dogtown or make it a right-turn-only street," he said.
The city hired Prism Engineering from Coarsegold to study traffic circulation patterns in the area and suggest alternatives for handling the projected post-bypass traffic increase.
Prism consultant Grant Johnson described three possible alternatives. Two would turn Dogtown Road into a cul-de-sac, and would include a new road to connect Dogtown with Highway 49. The other would make Dogtown a right-in and right-out only street where it connects with Highway 49.
During the public hearing, some residents supported certain options, and many expressed serious concerns with any changes to local streets.
Darrel Nelson, a resident of Country Lane Estates, said he moved to Angels Camp six months ago from a big city with a lot of traffic.
"I moved here to get away from traffic," he said. "I spent a lot of money in Country Lane Estates because it's quiet. Now everyone's going to be cutting through Clifton Lane to avoid the traffic lights. I see a great waste of money and inconvenience for our neighborhood."
Matt and Monica Parker also are worried about Clifton Lane.
"Clifton Lane is quaint, quiet and lovely," Matt Parker said. "We have a toddler and one on the way. We bought our home a year ago because Clifton Lane is quiet and nice for families. Now I'm afraid you're going to turn it into a thoroughfare."
Another Clifton Lane resident, Minon Clifton, wondered how the city can plan for the year 2020.