By Karen Brainard
Ramona residents will have the opportunity to offer comments on a proposed engineering design for the state Route 67 and Highland Valley/Dye road intersection at a public forum from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 13 in the Ramona Community Center. The forum will be hosted by the Ramona Community Planning Group.
Jim Piva, chair of the planning group, will facilitate the meeting and said the purpose is to “just get community input. That’s the way it should be.”
The planning group has often heard complaints from residents about the intersection, which routinely experiences traffic back-ups as residents head to and from work. Piva said planning group members have passed on the comments to an engineer hired by Gene Driscoll, owner of the proposed Cumming Ranch development. Planned for 125 single-family homes, the Cumming Ranch project would be located about a quarter mile northwest of Route 67 and Highland Valley Road.
According Piva, Driscoll’s engineer developed a design to improve the intersection 10 years ago that has since been modified. His current design, which will be presented at the forum, has been adopted by San Diego County’s Department of Public Works and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) as the best plan, said Piva.
Because the intersection consists of a state highway and county roads, improvements are the responsibility of both Caltrans and the county.
Piva said suggestions and comments from those attending the forum will be considered for a final draft of the intersection design that will then need to be approved by the county and Caltrans.
“This design will be a better fit for the long term and replace what the county adopted,” Piva said.
The Ramona Community Center is at 434 Aqua Lane.