Incident underscores need for Asti crossing
Shortly before 7:45 p.m. Tuesday night, a vehicle hit a power pole near the First Street Bridge, knocking out power to about 40 customers and shutting the bridge to traffic in both directions for a number of hours.
According to the PG&E website, power was not expected to be restored until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
In the meantime, residents who live on the east side of the river either had to drive five miles up the highway to Geysers Road before circling back to get home, or they had to go south and use the Asti Summer Crossing, which, fortunately, is still open.
This incident underscores why residents in the River Road / Palomino Lakes area are so concerned about getting the county to make the Asti crossing a permanent one instead of one that is only open from late Spring to early November.
Having to drive into Cloverdale and circle back adds time and mileage to their commute and creates safety concerns, as well. Not only does this make it more difficult for emergency vehicles to get in, having only one way out creates a precarious situation for residents trying to get out in the event of fire or other emergency.
Cloverdale Fire Chief Jason Jenkins has said the Asti bridge enhances his department’s ability to provide protection to a large populated area, noting it can take up to 15 minutes longer for an ambulance or neighboring fire department to respond to an emergency otherwise.
Supervisor Mike McGuire has said the county’s precarious financial condition and the drying up of government grants for such projects makes a solution tricky.
McGuire is hosting a Town Hall Meeting to discuss extending the Asti Summer Crossing next Monday, Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cloverdale Fire Station, 451 S. Cloverdale Blvd.
The outcome of an unofficial special election and other information on the potential extension of the Asti Summer Crossing Season will be the focus.
For more information or to RSVP, call 565-3758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.