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Safety must prevail for SR76 project

I’ve recently learned of Caltrans’ plans for the final link of Highway SR76 (from Mission Road to I-15) wherein they propose two alternative routes for this work. The Southern alternative would provide for a potential of a six lane uninterrupted highway and leave the existing SR 76 route to serve as a frontage road. The Northern alternative proposes a realignment of the existing SR76 with a maximum of only four lanes. The Northern route plan would also restrict access onto and off of the highway from many of the residential streets which intersect SR76.

My choice is for the Southern alternative because I regard safety as being the prevailing factor over cost. It is rumored that the Southern route will cost more and even if that is true, so be it. If the Northern route were to be built as proposed, it would result in an unsafe road both in terms of daily usage as well as for emergency evacuation.

Fallbrook only has three east/west evacuation routes, those being E. Mission, Reche Road and the existing SR76. In an evacuation situation, E. Mission would most assuredly be extremely congested, Reche as well, thereby leaving only Highway SR76 for the majority of Fallbrook’s evacuation needs. We need to retain the existing SR76 as a frontage road/evacuation route. Let’s make sure that safety prevails over cost and demand that the southern alternative be built.

Hal Taylor


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