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Wake up, Fallbrook!

There is a project afoot that threatens to change the character of our quiet Village forever – the widening and realignment of a five-mile stretch of SR76 from South Mission Road to I-15.

CalTrans and SANDAG intend to develop SR76 into a four-lane conventional highway with room to widen it to six lanes. Opposing traffic will be separated by a concrete barrier.

Two alternative routes are proposed. The “Existing Alignment Alternative” widens SR76 along its current route. The “Southern Alignment Alternative” involves building a modern highway on the south side of the San Luis Rey River, leaving the existing SR76 as a frontage road for local traffic.

Unless Fallbrook residents make their preferences known, CalTrans is likely to take the easy way out and select the Existing Alignment Alternative, forever changing the rural character of our town. Traffic, noise and pollution will increase. Access to and from SR76 will be restricted by the concrete barrier.

On October 30 the Village News reported that the project manager, Mark Phelan, said “there hasn’t been a large opposition to either of the plans, though most seem to prefer that CalTrans simply just widen the existing road.” Really! There are, of course, politics at work here. The Southern Alignment cuts through a part of Vessels Ranch.

It’s not too late to let CalTrans know which route you would prefer and why. Send your comments to: California Department of Transportation District 11, Attn: R/W MS310, 4050 Taylor St. #MS-310, San Diego, CA 92110-9653.

Ronald B. Coulombe


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