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State Route 76 improvement alternative

I am a supporter of the improvements (widening and straitening) of Highway 76. The improvement is needed on one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the state, where accidents are common.

The highway should be constructed to the best advantage for all. That should be Caltrans’ and the Board of Supervisors objective. We in 76 Action have been encouraging putting the expanded road in the section from Mission Road to Interstate 15 on the south side of the San Luis Rey River. A number of problems would be mitigated as a result.

The resident and business population on the south side of the river is significantly less than on the north side. It appears politics may be involved and may have influenced Caltrans and the Board’s Planning Department.

The impact on north side residents and businesses would include: 1) Increased noise and pollution; 2) Inconvenience in not being able to turn left at many roads connecting to 76; and 3) Potential bottlenecks and traffic jams in the case of emergencies.

We are also in support of the San Luis Rey River Park and think the park could co-exist with the highway. The old 76 would maintain the “country road” atmosphere of the existing Route 76 road.

In the end, there is a conflict between the interests of the board and the local population. Hopefully the Board of Supervisors will take these matters into consideration when they make their decision.

Otherwise, it is politics as usual.

David M. Rutter

 

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