Some people in town have voiced concerns about the width and number of lanes in Caltrans' Highway 1 design, and how it fits into the aesthetics of our coastal community.
I too felt the new design was a little large, so I looked at the intersections from all directions in an attempt to improve traffic flow while minimizing the width and number of lanes.
Here is what I came up with: 2 + 3 — two through lanes at Rockaway/Fassler (same as now) to reduce unnecessary width, and three through lanes at Vallemar/Reina Del Mar to increase capacity.
Note that the frontage road in front of the Shell station and tire shop next door now extends all the way to Vallemar/Reina Del Mar. This lane then becomes both a turn lane and through lane in front of Ash's Vallemar Station, to increase capacity at this critical intersection.
Heading south from Sharp Park, a third lane is added near Calera Creek water treatment plant to increase capacity, then traveling south toward Fassler/Rockaway, the through lane becomes a left-turn-only lane at Fassler/Rockaway, leaving only two through lanes southbound.
There are other improvements, like adjusting the width of the median and margins, and removing the kink in the roadway near the lumberyard, for example. I am sure you have your own suggestions. But I think the first step is to settle the lane configuration, and then add the bells and whistles later.
So look at lane configurations north and south, and try to improve them! Add a lane here; remove one there. Add a turn lane or move the bus stop, then see the results for yourself. Good luck!
Scott McIntosh, Linda Mar Resident