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Let's go south with the final expansion of SR-76

I wonder if Caltrans really cares about the concerns voiced by our community members in connection with the final expansion of Highway 76 from South Mission Road to Interstate 15.

A northern route along the existing roadway elicits community fears over our traffic safety; fires that plague Fallbrook, and our ability to evacuate quickly; and the negative impact on our community character, access, cohesion, homes and our businesses.

I attended a meeting with Caltrans representatives who said the traffic study they did only projects out to the year 2020. The fact that the study will be obsolete in a few years didn’t seem to concern Caltrans. Their attitude was to let the next group of bureaucrats deal with the problem.

In the meeting, Caltrans also gave the attendees their “SR-76 Selected Alternative Comparison Criteria.” The route choice is determined by the following factors: traffic, biology, cultural resources, community impacts, floodplain, visual, noise, and project costs. When you look at the community and safety benefits, the choice should be obvious - Go south!

The existing (north) route can never be widened; the southern route can start as a four-lane road and may be expanded to six lanes as needed. The southern route may cost more now, but in the future when we need a wider road, the major infrastructure (bridges) will have already been built.

The draft EIR will be published soon, and a community meeting will be held. Please attend the meeting and express your concerns about Caltrans’ route choice.

Susan Coulombe


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