What do you think would make driving on Route 67 safer- a concrete, cable, or metal median barrier, or simply extra striping?
As part of the early stages of the "SR-67 Median Barrier Project," Caltrans held a public workshop last week at Olive Peirce Middle School displaying potential project alternatives for a stretch of road that sees its fair share of traffic accidents.
Staff was on hand to provide info, answer questions about the project and take comments from residents about how they think the project should proceed.
Caltrans said the primary purpose of this project is to reduce the number and severity of accidents on Route 67. Alternatives considered include a concrete median barrier, a high tension cable median barrier, a metal median barrier and a median buffer. The median would be constructed along the majority of the road between Willow Road and Shady Oaks Drive.
Speaking with local firefighters and paramedics at the workshop they indicated that the stretch of 67 between Shady Bend and Archie Moore Rd. sees the most deadly crashes.
Estrada said that Caltrans will be meeting with various community planning and homeowner groups in the affected areas, especially concerning potential affects on fire evacuation plans.
One issue with median barriers is that some driveways would no longer be able to turn left onto SR-67. To remedy this Caltrans plans to install turn-arounds at strategic spots.
The next step for the project is the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report. Estrada said Caltrans may hold additional open house workshops in the future, but a formal meeting will be held in the spring. He said depending on the median alternative chosen, the project might break ground in early 2017.
Staff at the workshop said the ultimate goal for Route 67 is a four-lane highway, which, according to the SANDAG Transportation Plan, may happen by 2050.
Comment on the project can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to the Caltrans District Office at 4050 Taylor Street MS-121 San Diego CA 92110.
COMMENT: Which median alternative do you think would be best?