County provides status report on Ramona road projects

By Karen Brainard

For many drivers in Ramona, road safety, better circulation, and ease of traffic are important. Staff from the county’s Department of Public Works provided updates on road projects in the community at Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s Ramona Revitalization Steering Committee meeting.

Ramona sheriff’s substation Lt. James Bovet, right, talks about the emergency evacuation route for Ramona during county Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s Ramona Revitalization Steering Committee meeting. Also pictured are, from left, Mike Aguilar, county Department of Public Works, Jim Piva, chair of the Ramona Community Planning Group, and Amado Macias with California Highway Patrol. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

Terry Rayback, DPW program manager of capital improvement project (CIP) development, and Mike Aguilar, project manager of engineering services, presented the CIP road improvement status report for the Ramona Street Extension, San Vicente Road, Dye Road Extension, and 13th Street/Maple Street bridge. Also discussed were the State Route 67 and Highland Valley/Dye Road intersection and the proposed emergency evacuation route.

San Vicente Road

The design for realigning and widening San Vicente Road from Warnock Drive to 1,000 feet east of Wildcat Canyon Road is expected to be finished by spring 2013. The project will include a bike lane and a pathway. Rayback said they are considering options to visually separate the pathway from the road to accommodate equestrians. Although a split rail fence had been considered, the cross rails have proven to be a danger if an accident occurs, he said.

As an option, resident Kathy DaSilva presented photos she took in San Marcos of a split rail fence with rope used instead of  wood cross rail.

Aguilar said they are negotiating with property owners on right-of-way. Construction is estimated to be completed by summer 2015. Design and construction will be funded by transportation impact fees (TIF) and the TransNet half-cent sales tax.

Dye Road Extension

This project would extend Dye Road from Ramona Street to San Vicente Road and is considered phase one of the future South Bypass—a project that is intended to relieve traffic on Main Street  by giving  drivers the option to bypass the downtown area.

Aguilar said that, because the Dye Road Extension had been on hold until the General Plan Update was approved, engineering staff must bring the design up to date with the new standards. Design is anticipated to be completed by fall 2013, right-of-way by winter 2015, and construction by fall 2017. Design and construction is to be funded by TIF and TransNet.

Ramona Street Extension

Rayback said the design of the Ramona Street Extension will most likely be completed in early 2013. The project would extend Ramona Street from Boundary Avenue to Warnock Drive. Residents who live along the dirt road that exists there now vehemently oppose the project. Rayback said once design is complete, staff will meet with those residents and give them 30 days to digest the design before presenting it to the Ramona Community Planning Group.

When resident Jim Cooper asked what problem the road extension solves, Jacob replied that the board of supervisors approve circulation elements based on densities and developments. Rayback likened the road network mobility element to a fishing net.

“It’s more effective if it’s whole and doesn’t have missing pieces and that’s the same basic very simple explanation of what a road network does,” said Rayback. “The more connected, the more complete it is, the better people are able to find their way around… navigate where they want to go efficiently.”

Right-of-way for the Ramona Street Extension is expected to be finished by summer 2015 and construction by summer 2017. TIF and TransNet will fund design and construction.

13th Street Bridge

This project would construct a bridge over the Santa Maria Creek bed on 13th Street near its intersection with Walnut Street to give better access from the north to Ramona Library and the downtown area. The dirt portion of the road would also be paved.

Aguilar said design is under way, and studies are being conducted on right-of-way. Design is estimated to be completed in fall 2014, right-of-way by summer 2015, and construction by summer 2017. A federal Highway Bridge Program grant will fund the construction.

Route 67 and Highland Valley/Dye Road

Ramona Community Planning Group Chair Jim Piva noted that Jacob has been working with the planning group and officials from Caltrans and San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), to obtain funding to improve traffic flow at the intersection of Route 67 and Highland Valley/Dye Road. Caltrans is working on a project report for the intersection.

Emergency Evacuation Route

Jacob applauded the emergency evacuation route, proposed as an alternative route on the north side of Ramona to lead residents west out of town during an emergency.

“This is a really big deal for Ramona,” said Jacob. Noting many of those involved in the process, Jacob said, “A lot of agencies came together. It didn’t just happen overnight.”

Piva reported that an open house will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, so residents can see what the route looks like. Attendees will meet on Montecito Way, just north of El Paso Street, at the beginning of the route.

Lt. James Bovet of the sheriff’s Ramona substation called the route a good alternative to take traffic off Route 67 in the event of an emergency and said law enforcement would direct drivers.

Bovet, who assumed the lieutenant job at the station in September following the retirement of Lt. Julie Sutton, offered to chair the Revitalization Committee’s public safety and law enforcement subcommittee.

Related posts:

  1. Status of county road projects planned for Ramona
  2. County updates planners on road projects
  3. Regional agency OKs money for four road projects
  4. County adjusts funding for Dye Road, Ramona Street, and San Vicente Road
  5. County adjusts spending plans for 3 major road projects

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2 Comments for “County provides status report on Ramona road projects”

  1. CATT

    The proposed expense for a bridge at 13th Street is totally ridiculous. Something else needs to decided on.

    The 4 lane project of promise for Hwy 67 between Lakeside and Ramona, has been going on since the late 60s/early 70s. It's such a joke.

  2. Herve Auch-Roy

    Leave San Vicente Road alone ! ! !
    Its is proven that straightening and widening roads encourages people to drive even faster, and it is also proven that higher speeds make crashes more deadly and injuries worse.
    If you really want to spend $20 millions of tax payers' money, then spend most of it on Ramona schools, and use the rest at hiring a Police Officer with a radar gun and have him or her patrol San Vicente Road and the Estates to crack down on speeders, on drivers on the phone, on people driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
    We've heard so many people promoting "Be Responsible" and "Less Government" for the last presidential election; well, here is your chance to make people responsible and not make them rely on the State's government. Leave San Vicente Road alone. Educate people and make them responsible. Put the money where we need it: EDUCATION.

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