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SR76 Southerly Route would be safest one for residents

I am concerned about the proposed ideas for the improvement of SR76 and its impact on our community. My concern is for my parents and their neighbors who live on a private street off of Gird about a mile north of SR76.

The improvements to the existing highway need to include safe evacuation in case of fire. Remember, the residents of Fallbrook were ordered to evacuate during the Rice Fire of 2007. In case of another devastating wild fire, all residents need to feel secure about being able to get out of their home and out of Fallbrook with no roadblocks to impede them.

It appears from the Caltrans map of this area that many of the roads that currently empty onto Highway 76 will have a cement median at the intersection with only a right-hand (west) turn permissible.

It also appears that Flowerwood Lane would be diverted to exit onto Gird Road making both access streets to Sycamore Ranch empty onto the same street. It would be far safer to leave Highway 76 as a frontage road with either a right or a left turn allowed at each of these existing intersections. Because wild fires are so unpredictable, more escape routes should be accessible to the residents near SR76 rather than fewer.

That is why the safest and most effective route for SR76 would be the Southerly Route. By creating a completely separate highway south of the existing SR76, it would best facilitate evacuation in case of any emergency.

Janet Williams


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