Also serving the communities of De Luz, Rainbow, Camp Pendleton, Pala and Pauma

Keep Fallbrook safe

As the fire season quickly approaches, I’d like to express my concerns about Caltrans’ route alternative selection (the “Northern Existing Alignment” vs. the “Southern Alignment”) for the east section of the SR76 Widening project.

Having experienced the San Luis Rey riverbed fires in the east section of the SR76 project area in 2007 and the Rice Canyon fire in 2007, I’m very well aware of how quickly these types of fires can engulf an area. I feel it is crucial that Caltrans select the right alternative - the “Southern Alternative.”

The most important criterion should be safety and not cost. During an emergency, such as the aforementioned fires, the “Northern Alignment” would place thousands of residents who live between S. Mission Road and Old Hwy 395 at great risk by limiting SR76 access to a large number of roads and driveways at a time when seconds count.

The “Southern Alternative” poses none of these threats to any residents. Caltrans works for the people of California and should have their best interest in mind. The loss of a single individual because Caltrans used a “BP-like” mentality, where dollars supersede safety, to choose the cheapest (wrong) alternative would be indefensible.

Michael Eugene Dobmeier

 

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