Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Caltrans, please clean up the debris (rocks, mud, leaves, trash) on the pavement and shoulders of Highway 1 (especially the downhill side) between the Devil’s Slide tunnels and the Pacifica city limits. We asked for this cleanup months ago and not a damn thing has been done about it, despite the best efforts of business leaders and city/county/state representatives to get Caltrans on the job. That filthy, dangerous roadway is a disgrace to Caltrans and a safety hazard for motorists and bicyclists. Caltrans is in direct violation of its own state highway code 91.6, which says Caltrans must give high priority to keeping the highway clean. Pacificans and other Coastsiders who use Highway 1 should protest to their elected representatives at every level of government (city, county, state).
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The lead item in my Pacifica Tribune column of June 21 (click link above) called on Caltrans to clean up the unsafe stretch of Highway 1 between Linda Mar and the Tom Lantos Tunnels at Devil's Slide. Trash, weeds, leaves, tree branches, rocks, and mud on the PAVED shoulders endanger motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The day after my column came out, Caltrans mowed some grass and weeds alongside the highway, particularly those blocking the WELCOME TO PACIFICA sign, but it still hasn't cleared the paved shoulders. Please join me in bringing pressure on Caltrans to finish the job. A phone call or email to your city, county, and state elected representatives might help.
Beachgoers crossing Highway 1 between Gray Whale Cove and the parking lot east of the highway face extreme danger every day as speeding vehicles, heavy traffic, fog, and blind curves add up to a disaster waiting to happen. San Mateo County is dragging its feet on a solution: crosswalk, flashing lights, overpass. Why does it take government so long to fix an obvious major safety hazard?
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Pacifica City Council has notified Caltrans and SMCTA that it wants to pursue traffic remediation alternatives rather than widening Highway 1. Now the question is if the city can get the state and county to cough up the money for alternative solutions.
Midcoast residents fight dense housing projects to protect quality of life and prevent worse traffic on Highway 1.
Pacifica City Council met May 22 and voted 4-1 to direct staff to draft a formal letter to Caltrans and SMCTA requesting that highway funds be redirected to highway-widening alternatives. Staff will present the letter to council at its June 12 meeting.