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La Honda residents wary of 'hazardous' overgrowth along Highway 84 in the midst of fire season

Original post made on Aug 11, 2021

La Honda residents are nervous this wildfire season, as they say brush is overgrown alongside Highway 84.

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Posted by patty m.
a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2021 at 1:35 pm

patty m. is a registered user.

Thank you for covering this crucial issue! To address the Caltrans spokesman's points: he is referring to work done in the Woodside Hwy.84 area of tree trimming, removal, etc., EAST of Hwy. 35 (Skyline Blvd.). We WISH Caltrans would give the same maintenance work to our communities WEST of 35, all along Hwy. 84 to Hwy. 1. When Caltrans has BILLIONS of taxpayer funds for maintenance, why are they not doing this on the primary evacuation route for hundreds of people here? He also proved my point about Caltrans, a public agency, not responding to us--- he immediately replied to a reporter, yet no reply to my email to him asking one question recently, and no communication since 2017. And our service requests are either ignored or autoreplied to years later (mine from 2019 was recently addressed). Maintenance needs to be done regularly, as all of us know, and this area is so overgrown due to many years of neglect, and now it IS a tremendous amount of work, unfortunately. Many of us would welcome the work and lanes closed to do it, whatever it takes. MANY thanks to the amazing WORK of the local Fire Safe Councils and our most valued firefighters for protecting our lives ! How many millions of taxpayer dollars has Caltrans spent on lawsuits over negligence throughout our Caltrans District 4? Millions that could go to hiring and doing the work. That's another issue: this District 4 covers over 5 counties around the Bay Area, so our area is obviously not a priority. This is where we need the District directors and our Senator Becker's help so the work can be done!

Posted by Koko
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Aug 11, 2021 at 6:23 pm

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Finally somebody's talking about Caltrans and their neglect of Highway 84 and Highway 35. It's ridiculous how overgrown it is you can't read a lot of the signs, because of it there's nowhere for a bicyclist or anybody else for that matter to get to the shoulder of the road because there is no shoulder because it's all overgrown. At some point hopefully Caltrans will understand that they can't do it all but they could at least manage some contractors after all they only have billions of dollars so I'm not sure what the issue is other than them getting motivated to take care of what's there's to take care of. I'd hate to put it all on management from the top down and leave out the the maintenance staff. Come on folks you got a decent job with a pretty good pension for this day and age with a whole lot of benefits now just get the work done.

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