Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Important - Last chance to improve our highway!

Write your support letter email to San Mateo County Transit Authority
Cut-off is Thursday, July 22, 2010, 5 pm. Be sure to add your name, address, and phone number.  

Dear Transportation Authority:  As a 35 year resident of Pacifica and lifelong resident of San Mateo County we have been waiting for the repair and upgrade of the outdated Calera Parkway section of Roadway One between Fassler Avenue and Fairway Park/Sharp Park Road for many years (you can't actually call it a Highway). My office is in the Rockaway Beach District of Pacifica and having to witness the traffic and being stuck in that traffic to get from my location to anywhere in the afternoon is horrendous and getting worse. But that is not the worst part. Witnessing an emergency vehicle trying to navigate this outdated stretch of road in the afternoon or morning is quite fascinating. I just hope no one I know has to be on the receiving end of an emergency ambulance, firetruck, or police car at that time of day or from 7:30-9:00 in the morning. To make matters even worse for me individually I live at the top of Fassler Avenue in the Saltaire Development and my wife and I are stuck trying to get through the obsolete stoplight on Highway 1 at the bottom to make a right or left on to Cabrillo Roadway. 

The people against improvement are the same types of individuals against any type of improvement and are the same names surfacing on the Coastside in local hearings against any type of development because of their own selfish reasons. 
Anyone with a modicum of foresight knows that when those tunnels south of Pacifica on Devil's Slide open there will be an automatic vehicle influx of not only commuters but people using those tunnels for the beautiful drive down the Coast. Now factor in the invitation to recreational users when the stretch of old Highway 1 (Cabrillo Hwy.) is used for various activities. Remember San Francisco & Daly City are only a few minutes away.

Now the simple logistics tell us that when you have a world class freeway (280) to the North and the biggest tunnel project since the Caldecott to the South of Pacifica we will effectively be squeezed in the middle like an accordion if this project does not move forward. There is a double benefit; truly an investment in Pacifica's future and citizen safety. Do not accept this anti-improvement madness.

Posted by Bill Haskins

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