|This is the status quo,|
getting more congested over time.
|Or this 1.3 mile Caltrans highway 1 widening,|
fixing the traffic bottleneck,
adding 1 access lane and 1 exit lane.
Once on the highway, I see cars cut through the parking lot of the Gorilla BBQ to get to Vallemar. Once we get past Vallemar we go the speed limit. When I return from Sharp Park Beach in the morning, I see the left turn to Vallemar backed up to the highway and see cars taking a right turn at the same location. These cars choose not to make a left turn but line up 15 to 20 cars deep in a circle to get onto Reina Del Mar (Vallemar). In the evening, I see cars backed up to the golf course and the left turn lane to Fassler is full of cars. The same thing happens during the year on weekends with the reverse traffic patterns.
This is also a safety issue. The part of the highway between Rockaway and Vallemar is at times very difficult to get through by police, fire, and ambulances. Think about this. If you are dying or in dire need of help, how are these services going to get to you? Then once they get to you, what will the delay to get to the hospital or backup for a police incident or for the fire dept. if there is a fire?
I have read several letters stating that safety is not an issue but asd a 30-year veteran of the Pacifica Fire Department, this issue is very real. These opinions are not from people who have dealt with this problem. I have. Most house fires or severe police incidents cannot be contained by one fire engine or police vehicle. These vehicles need to get to an emergency as quickly as they can. Believe me, minutes to these emergencies are precious. I have lived here for 41 years and the number of highway lanes through our city has not changed in that time. We must make a change. I am not going to change the minds of people opposed to the highway improvement but hopefully I convince you that we should improve 1.3 miles of our highway."
Submitted by Bob Hutchinson
Note: photographs: Congested highway from Pacifica Riptide/Transportation. Caltrans key view #2 (photo 13) of the proposed highway 1 widening (at Rockaway Beach Avenue), lifted from the anti-highway website, so called "highway 1 pacifica."
Posted by Kathy Meeh