County staff presented revised plans for a post and rope barrier between the bike and equestrian lanes as part of the San Vicente Road
Improvement Project at the Ramona Community Planning Group meeting on September 5.
Steve Ron, project manager with the Department of Public Works, showed the group images and diagrams that outlined the 5-foot bike lane, 2-foot 4-inch clearance and 6-foot 8-inch equestrian path that would be constructed as part of the project that is slated to widen and align 2.5 miles of San Vicente Road from Warnock Drive just past Wildcat Canyon Road.
Originally planned to begin construction this fall, the project has been delayed as the county pursues eminent domain for final pieces of land needed. Ron said it looks like construction might begin in the spring.
Ron told the group that the post and rope is meant to be a visual barrier and that stronger barrier options were skipped over because of the danger it could pose to vehicles, especially motorcycles. He said the 4x4 posts would be broken off if a vehicle hits them. The rope will be constructed of 2-inch thick white nylon for better visual impact.
He said breaks in the barrier are planned every 40 feet so equestrians can pass through.
RCPG voted 9-1 to approve the post and rope barrier, with Jim Cooper favoring a different rope design.