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CALTRANS DECERTIFIES HIGHWAY 1 FEIR: END OF THE ROAD FOR THE WIDENING

Caltrans has decertified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Calera Parkway/Highway 1 Widening Project and vacated the project. This marks the end of the road for the widening project. In the letter (click PDF link below) from Caltrans to the State Clearinghouse Office of Planning and Research, Caltrans says that it "decertified the FEIR and vacated the project approval on December 26, 2017.” This action is based on the City of Pacifica’s resolution requesting that Caltrans "abandon the proposed widening of Highway 1 and remove it from further consideration" and "the City’s clear communication that it will not be proceeding with sponsoring the Calera Parkway Project.” One of the alternatives that was strongly supported by widening opponents, the In-Sync intelligent traffic signal system (ITS), has recently been implemented.

CALTRANS LETTER

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And the details proving your point? Stories w/o attribution are scare tactics.

Wm. Boyce:

You are wrong. There was an incident when the person couldn't get to Seton ER in time. The person passed away right when he arrived at Seton.

The Fire Department and Fire Chief did endorse the Highway 1 widening.

Well, I came across the Sharp Park overpass about 4:55 yesterday. Traffic seemed to be about the same as usual, backed up. Unfortunately. I do hope the system will be helpful eventually.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Have other Riptide readers noticed any changes in Highway 1 traffic? We have noticed what we assume to be the InSync cameras mounted on the traffic signals at the highway intersections with Fassler and Reina del Mar.)

There was no example of "life or death for someone en route to the emergency room" in any example that former Pacifica fire officials could give in their endorsement of the highway widening. It's a myth.

I really wish Caltrans, the City Of Pacifica, and the residents could have all gotten together and come up with a mutually beneficial solution to Highway 1. The number-one priority could have been emergency lanes in both direction. An emergency vehicle delayed by a couple of minutes could mean life or death for someone en route to the emergency room. With people living longer, I think something has to be done with Highway 1.

So how is the In-sync system working so far? Is it actually operational yet?

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