Highway project clears major hurdle — money

Caltrans announced Monday that it has secured funding to improve the intersection of state Route 67 and Highland Valley/Dye roads for better traffic flow.

The $10 million will come from two sources: $7 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program, and $3 million from the County of San Diego, according to Caltrans.

Improvements will include construction to widen the intersection and to add lanes, shoulders and new traffic signals. Officials expect to break ground in late 2015.

“This is the final chapter in a five-year story,” Jim Piva, chairman of the Ramona Community Planning Group, said Tuesday.

Five years ago, when members of the planning group’s Highway 67 Ad Hoc Subcommittee met with Caltrans about changing the traffic light times at the intersection, they learned that improvements weren’t scheduled to be considered until 2035.

Joe Hull with Caltrans’ traffic operations coached the Ramona subcommittee members, explaining how the system worked, said Piva.

“It was confusing, but he gave us enough information for the subcommittee to come up with a plan,” said Piva, noting that the planning group received help from San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, San Diego Association of Governments and Caltrans.

“All the work that started five years ago is finally being completed,” said Piva. “…The system does work. You just have to be patient and headstrong.”

When the project is completed in late 2016, it will mean good news for the more than 22,000 motorists who use that portion of SR-67 on an average daily basis, said Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman.

“Finding the dollars for these much-needed projects is never easy,” she said. “However, having the preliminary engineering completed positioned us to jump-start the project when funding was made available. We look forward to continuing to partner with San Diego County to improve mobility.”

Work will begin 20 years before Caltrans had planned to even consider intersection improvements, said Piva.

”I’m proud of the planning group and what we achieved,” he said. “Joe Hull showed us the game plan, and we played by the rules … I’m looking forward to making the announcement at our next planning group meeting.”

The 15-member group will meet in the Ramona Library Community Room on April 3 at 7 p.m.

Related posts:

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  2. Caltrans has ‘good news, bad news’ about busy intersection
  3. Residents debate priorities for roads
  4. Ramona planning group to host public forum on Highland Valley/Dye/67 intersection design
  5. Piva, Jacob react to news Caltrans working on Dye/67 intersection

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Mar 24 2014. Filed under Featured Story, Government, 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.

1 Comment for “Highway project clears major hurdle — money”

  1. Joe Cahak

    Great news for Ramona. More money to help resolve some of our worst traffic areas. Congratulations again to our Planning Group and Jim Piva and Carl Hickman for keeping the pressure on our state and county for improvements for our community.

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