A recent deed by the Madera County Road Department and District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler has helped with a dangerous curve I reported approximately four-tenths of a mile from the Road 415 and Road 400 junction Coarsegold. Road department staff includes Wayne Plumlee, traffic signs supervisor, and Whitney Cox, program assistant.
The day after I sent a letter to Supervisor Tom Wheeler, I received a call from an affably polite gentleman, Wayne at the road department. He patiently listened to my safety concerns and it became patently clear that my safety concerns immediately became his safety concerns.
The outcome of our telephone conversation was that (a) Wayne traveled to the area the following morning, and said it was indeed hazardous and (b) that reflectors would be placed in that area the first of the week.
True to his word, reflectors were installed and the tall weeds that obscured the dangerous drop-off were mowed as well.
Madera County has unquestionably emerged as "literal lifesavers," not only of school children and bus drivers, but also unwary members of the driving public. Speaking for, I'm sure, Eastern Madera County (Rivergold School parents, especially) and the driving public, at large, I feel I can safely say I am grateful to Madera County's collective dedication to public safety.
If only Cal Trans was as safety conscious about the highly congested, collision-prone, foothill portion of Highway 41 as Madera County is about its byways.
Phyllis C. Bilbo, Coarsegold