Drive-through backups cause concern

Traffic backups at Main and 13th streets, caused by those in line at the Starbucks drive-through, was discussed as a safety issue by the Ramona Community Planning Group and its Transportation and Trails (T&T) Subcommittee.

T&T Chair Carl Hickman told the planning group at its Nov. 7 meeting that vehicles typically line up from the Starbucks’ driveway onto Main Street  during the morning rush hours.

Planner Scotty Ensign said that the traffic congestion could make it difficult for someone with a health issue to access the Ramona Ambulatory Care Center on 13th Street.

Hickman suggested drafting a letter to Starbucks, the county and Caltrans notifying them of the situation. Planners approved the suggestion 11-0-1. Planner Chad Anderson abstained, and Barbara Jensen, Dennis Sprong and Torry Brean were absent.

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Nov 25 2013. Filed under Business, Business Briefs, News, Ramona. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

3 Comments for “Drive-through backups cause concern”

  1. CheckIt

    I said this would be an issue when I found out Starbucks was going to open there. :/ Wasn't thought out very well.

  2. Penalize Starbucks, visit Packards.

    Are you kidding me? Urgent care isn’t open at 6am to even 8am. How about if the planners also draft a letter to Palomar Medical and ask them to complete the original plan to put an entrance on 14th street, as their original plan showed? That way, in the event a business in Ramona is truly successful, they don’t get penalized for all the hoops they had to get through to be able to open in the first place, and then be subjected to more. Or, just visit Packards, because who complains about getting to urgent care when they are CLOSED?

    • Guest

      Good point! Starbucks is one of the best things to happen to this town. It is a first class operation and it is nice to have a place to gather where you don't have to run the cigarette gauntlet to get in the door.

      As for Palomar, what a classic bait-and-switch. So many promises made and so few of them kept. I wish I could say I'm surprised. Quite honestly, I had forgotten that the clinc was even there!

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