Access routes to be discussed

October 15, 2013 

Emergency access issues have been a major concern of residents in Eastern Madera County as many residential areas provide only one way in and one way out. Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will host a town hall meeting to address this issue 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Oakhurst Community Center.

"The mountains are full of dead-end roads and areas where residents can only access their homes one way," said Wheeler. "This can become a dangerous situation in the event of a fire or any other dire emergency. If there is a way to fix these problems, now is the time for the county and communities to work together to make it happen."

The meeting will focus on five specific areas: John West Road/Indian Springs Road, and Road 423 and Road 422 off Road 426, Cascadel Woods (North Fork), Cedar Valley (off Highway 41 north of Oakhurst), Trabucco / Wells Road (Coarsegold).

Wheeler encourages residents and property owners in these areas to attend the meeting.

The Madera County Road Department and Cal Fire/Madera County Fire Department are currently conducting site visits to these specific areas to determine what options are available to establish emergency access routes, as well as the potential costs to maintain them. They will present their findings at the meeting.

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