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Proposed expansion plan invites accidents

I am concerned about the pending decision regarding the proposed route extension of SR76 between Mission Road and I-15.

It is my understanding that the Caltrans ‘preferred’ northern route under consideration will have very limited access to the planned four lanes. Many of the local streets will have only ‘right in-right out’ access to SR76 requiring a U-turn at a signalized corner to go in the opposite direction. One alternative proposal is to open up non-signalized intersections. This is an invitation to serious accidents when people try to get to the other side lanes.

Regarding the design of the number of lanes in the expansion between Mission and I-15, I believe Caltrans is creating a long range problem. The expansion includes only four lanes. Caltrans’ own studies predict that by 2025 traffic on this section will double.

SR 76 is already a minor truck route between I-5 and I-15. It is apparent that at the completion of the final phase, truck traffic will dramatically increase when truckers realize there is now a faster cut-through to the major north-south routes. If SR76 is currently congested with two lanes and traffic doubles, with only four lanes it will soon look like it does now. Why has Caltrans decided to not provide a full six lanes? Could this be a political decision? It is a mistake in waiting.

I urge Caltrans to select the proposed southerly route, with six lanes, in completing SR76 between Mission Road and I-15.

W. C. Whittinghill

 

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