Caltrans has ‘good news, bad news’ about busy intersection
By Karen Brainard
The good news for those driving down the hill during rush hour is that Caltrans has developed a plan it believes would improve traffic flow at State Route 67 and Highland Valley/Dye Road.
The not-so-good news is that work cannot begin until the estimated $10.5 million project can be funded.
“We’re working on that definitely,” Ramona Community Planning Group Chair Jim Piva told Caltrans’ Chris Thomas, who presented a draft project report on the intersection at the planning group’s July meeting.
Piva has been working with county staff, Supervisor Dianne Jacob and other officials to try to secure funding.
“Right now it doesn’t operate at an acceptable level of service,” Thomas said of the intersection.
That level of service is “F” in the mornings with a wait time of 130 seconds, he said, while the planned improvements would bring the intersection to a “C” level of service with 26-second delays.
Plans would include adding an equestrian trail on the northeast side of Dye and Highland Valley roads. Shoulders would be striped for bike lanes on those two roads.
A duel left-turn lane is proposed for Dye Road. Off Highland Valley Road, a dual left-turn lane has been requested and right-turn pockets would be extended, Thomas said.
If the funding were obtained and design could begin next month, the earliest the improvements could be completed is January 2016, he said.
“That would be the most optimistic schedule if we could start right away,” he said.
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