Last week a group of concerned residents met with Caltrans and Supervisor Horn to discuss plans for the expansion of SR76 from South Mission Road to Interstate 15. Caltrans provided a map to the group that shows the proposed design for both a southerly route and expansion of the road on the existing route. The new southerly route is depicted with a bold line.
This is what the map shows:
Existing route: There would be stop signs (not traffic signals) at Sweetwater (full access intersection), Ramona (right in/right out only), Calle de la Vuelta (right in/right out only), and Via Monserate (full access intersection). Flowerwood Lane would be diverted across Golf Club of California property so that it terminates on Gird Road. Gird Road would be a signalized intersection. Monserate Hill Road would be right in/right out only, and Star Track Way would be a full access intersection.
Southerly route: A new signal and bridge would be built just east of South Mission Road. Traffic would flow uninterrupted for miles until the new road crosses the river over a new bridge and intersects existing SR76 at a new signalized intersection.
This map speaks volumes for building a new southerly route and leaving a portion of the existing SR76 as it is today for use as a frontage road.
We need residents to speak up in favor of the Southerly Route. Please write D. Soifer or M. Phelan, Calif. Dept. of Transportation, 4050 Taylor St., MS 242, San Diego, Calif. 92110.